TARQUINIUS pulled up when sent over 3m5f on this track in-between scoring at Punchestown and again at Leopardstown on Saturday. He arrives here with a 4lb penalty which is more than negated by his jockey's claim so a follow-up looks on the cards. Murchu is up 5lb for a hard-fought victory over Give Us A Hand and today's rival Spot The Boss in the race where the selection pulled up, as did the favourite Highdownhill, and he's a young staying prospect who will relish the testing ground. Highdownhill had earlier won three of his four previous races so it was probably the marathon trip that was responsible for his poor effort and Spot The Boss was prominent throughout so today's trip shouldn't be a problem.
Telenor 14-1 (11-2) Raced in 3rd, 4th halfway, 5th and ridden 4 out, soon no extra, 5th of 7, 38l behind Glenquest (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs hvy in Dec.
Highdownhill (NZ) 4-1fav (10-7) Mid-division, dropped to rear when mistake 6 out, progress from 4 out, ridden in 6th 3 out, no impression, behind when pulled up approaching last, in a race won by Murchu (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Murchu (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Mid-division, closer in 5th 5 out, 3rd 3 out, disputed lead and ridden from 2 out, stayed on well under pressure run-in to lead at line, won at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Dec beating Give Us A Hand (10-8) by ns, 12 ran.
Tarquinius (FR) 9-2 (11-5) Led and disputed, led after 2 out, ridden and kept on well from before last, asserted run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m 5f cond hcp chs 0-116 sft in Dec beating Jolily (10-11) by 10l, 13 ran.
Karinga Queen (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 15, well behind Fever Pitch (11-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Dec.
Spot The Boss (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Led and disputed almost throughout, ridden entering straight, headed before last, rallied well run-in to strongly pressed leaders close home, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Murchu (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft in Dec.
Sword Fish (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, never a factor, no threat from 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Noras Fancy (11-6) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Doctor Deejay (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Hampered 1st, always towards rear, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Benefficient (11-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gd in Nov.
Amber Knight (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Towards rear, never a factor, behind when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Whiskey And Red (10-8) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Nov, 17 ran.
Current Resession (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always rear, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Texas Jack (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f beg chs in Nov, 9 ran.
Shellys Creek (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 9th 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 16, 44l behind Robertstown Rover (9-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 sft in Dec.