Around The Clock made a bright start over hurdles at Limerick and looks certain to make a much better hurdler than a Flat performer though he's up against some very interesting newcomers here. Shamar, a dual winner in the Provinces, shaped with promise in much better company at Longchamp and should soon start to repay some of the 125,000 euros it took to prise him away. However CAUSE OF CAUSES, who also landed a minor race in France before stepping into better company, has a better pedigree being closely related to Derby winner Kris Kin and out of a Group 3 winner. He can get off the mark though Enchanted Forest, a decent handicapper for Aidan O'Brien, looks the type to do well over timber.
Around The Clock (USA) 33-1 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, well off pace, niggled along in 8th approaching 6 out, closer order 3 out, chased winner from before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Arnaud (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Ballynacree (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Noeleen's Choice.
Black Waterfall Winged Love gelding out of Niveole.
Casimir Road (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 21st of 25, 44l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Castle Park (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Soon behind, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by One Cool Shabra (10-5) at Listowel 2m 3yo hdl sft in Sep, 18 ran.
Cause Of Causes (USA) 7-4fav (9-1) 6th of 7 Mourasana (9-1) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stk gd in Oct (flat).
Dysios (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Chased leaders on outside, led over 2f out, headed and slightly hampered well over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 19, 2 1/2l behind Shamdarley (9-6) at York 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Oct (flat).
Enchanted Forest (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders on inner in 4th, 3rd early straight, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Quaintly (8-12) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 50-85 gf in Aug (flat).
Knocklong (IRE) Milan gelding out of Banningham Blaze.
Liberty's Gift (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 7th approaching 2 out, no extra entering straight, 16th of 25, 24l behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Live At Five (IRE) Milan gelding out of Banbury Cross.
Quigleys Express (IRE) Indian Danehill gelding out of Vic's Queen.
Shamar (FR) (8-13) 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Prince D'alienor (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m con stks gs in Oct (flat).
Faustina Pius (IRE) Antonius Pius filly out of Out In The Sun.
Light Footsteps (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, last of 25, well behind Darroun (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jan.
Our Pearl (IRE) 100-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Shadow Catcher (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Tarkeeba (IRE) 66-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, no extra after 3 out, 19th of 24, 41l behind Bat Masterson (10-13) at Naas 2m mdn hdl sft.