GREY MONK won a point-to-point in very taking fashion which resulted in him being sold at Goffs for 210,000 euros. He made his debut for new connections in a hot maiden won by Ned Buntline at Leopardstown on St Stephen's Day and showed up well enough to suggest he'll soon start recouping some of the outlay, starting today. Un Beau Roman started odds-on for his debut under Willie Mullins' charge at Tramore but didn't appear suited by front-running and was beaten a long way. With more restraint he can prove that run all wrong while the four-year-old Faanan Aldaar has a chance on his close second to Dalasani at Cork though he'll need to jump much better than he did in a Grade 3 at Punchestown last time. Pacelli Road ran very poorly in Dalasini's race at Cork though that was nowhere near his true running and he can do much better.
A Word Apart (IRE) 50-1 (11-10) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 20, 34l behind Legal Exit (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Goal (IRE) 11-2 (9-0) Chased leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner under pressure until inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2 places close home, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Aragorn Rouge (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Balnagon Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, jumped right 1st, 4th halfway, pushed along 2 out and no impression in moderate 3rd approaching last, dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 12, 23l behind Talbot Road (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Grey Monk (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 2 out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed and dropped to 3rd last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Ned Buntline (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Paddy Wicklow (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Always rear, hampered 1st, completely tailed off, 15th of 18, well behind Kilmainham (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Roman Numeral (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Waited with towards rear, kept on without threatening from 3 out, 9th of 18, 20l behind Landenstown Lady (10-11) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Un Beau Roman (FR) 8-11fav (11-2) Led and disputed, in front and clear 6th, reduced lead and not fluent 3 out, soon joined, headed before 2 out, soon no extra, 5th of 15, 27l behind Waydownsouth (11-12) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Unzing (FR) 50-1 (11-2) Soon chased leaders, 7th approaching 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure without threatening straight, 4th of 16, 6l behind Mister Hotelier (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Honourable Emperor (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden and no impression from 3 out, 7th of 13, well behind Fatcatinthehat (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Ivanka (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, tailed off, 12th of 18, well behind Kilmainham (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Alizari (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Always behind, last of 13, well behind Fatcatinthehat (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
House Limit (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra 2 out, weakened entering straight, 16th of 17, 39l behind Flaxen Flare (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Pacelli Road (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Prominent, no impression under pressure 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 21l behind Dalasiri (11-0) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
News Show 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out briefly, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 7, 30l behind Bank Bonus (9-7) at Chester 1m 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Sep (flat).
Faanan Aldaar (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Raced in 4th throughout, blundered 3rd and not jump fluently, no threat from 3 out, last of 4, well behind Diakali (10-10) at Punchestown 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Jan.
Mel My Girl (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Soon mid-division, no impression approaching straight, 12th of 13, well behind Miss Forde (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Nov (flat).