Rattan only won once on the Flat but was rated 91 after finishing runner-up to Covert Ambition at Kempton in June 2009. He hasn't been seen since August of that year, almost as long as Crimson Sky's absence. A very easy winner of a maiden for Aidan O'Brien in October 2009, the latter could be anything and he may prove best of the newcomers though Eightybarackstreet looked potentially useful when dead-heating in a Listowel bumper in September. Loch Long will find this opposition much more to his liking after contesting graded events for much of his career over timber though he's generally been well beaten. THE BULL HAYES was narrowly beaten on his first two starts over timber before disappointing at Cork. Hopefully that last run was just a blip and he can gain compensation, though Ballyburke should be thereabouts as he's come up against useful opposition in his two starts over hurdles after scoring between the flags and landing a bumper.
Ballyburke (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd racing keenly halfway, went 2nd before 4 out, challenged and led narrowly before 2 out, headed under pressure at last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Fully Funded (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Nov.
Couleur De La Loi (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 8th 3 out, soon no extra, 11th of 18, 23l behind Another Palm (10-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Icy Cool (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 6th halfway, driven along 3 out and soon weakened, 7th of 10, well behind Wood Lily (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl.
Mighty Snazy (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, closer in 2nd halfway, 3rd 4f out, struggling and no impression from 3f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Roszas Girl (11-9) at Tramore 2m N H flat in Oct.
Old McDonald 7-4 (10-12) Tracked leader, led soon after 4 out, mistake and headed 3 out, lost 2nd before next, 3rd and one pace after, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind U B Carefull (10-5) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Rattan (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Mid-division, driven over 3f out, effort on outside over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 13th of 16, 17l behind Wannabe King (9-3) at Ripon 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Aug '09 (flat).
Rushteens (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Never a factor, 15th of 23, well behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl gd in Apr.
Somatic (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Alw pr, cl to chall 2out, eff last to ld, ko best, won at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp hvy in May '09 beating Backfromthebrink (12-0) by 2l, 7 ran.
Strategic Alliance (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Always in rear, trailing from 3 out, 14th of 15, well behind The Cockney Squire (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl sft in Apr.
Tin Town Boy (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, 16th of 25, 37l behind Medical Card (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Battle Bound (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, moderate 8th halfway, no extra from 2 out, 9th of 22, well behind Zaidpour (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Crimson Sky (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Held up towards rear, 13th entering straight, headway from 2f out, led 1f out, pushed out and stayed on well, easily, won at Navan 1m 2f 3yo mdn gs in Oct '09 beating Chapter Nine (9-5) by 3l, 23 ran (flat).
Eightybarackstreet (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th on inner halfway, challenged entering straight, led 2f out, soon hard ridden, kept on well under pressure, joined on line, won at Listowel 2m 4yo nhf gd in Sep deadheating with Dont Tell The Boys (11-7), 16 ran.
Loch Long (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th approaching 5 out, 4th 3 out, soon dropped to 6th and no impression, 6th of 12, 25l behind Bahrain Storm (11-4) at Tipperary 2m hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Maharaja 66-1 (11-4) Mid-division, no threat from 3 out, tailed off, 19th of 24, well behind So Young (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Par Five (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Croi Na Greine.
Prince Blackthorn (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, no extra from 2 out, weakened, 8th of 22, well behind Zaidpour (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
The Bull Hayes (IRE) 9-4 (11-9) Close up in 2nd, led narrowly halfway, headed 4 out, soon ridden, 6th and one pace from 2 out, 6th of 14, 22l behind Bishopsfurze (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Theholeofthemoon (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Tombazaan.
Top Of The Head Overbury gelding out of Newton Mo.
All The Best Mate (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, closer in 5th 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 9th of 15, 43l behind Maggie Connolly (11-4) at Limerick 2m 2f mares mdn hdl in Dec.
Chapter Eleven (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, no threat from 3 out, 10th of 13, 50l behind Aughaloor (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Geestring (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Moderate 4th, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 10th of 15, 49l behind Three Monkeys (10-13) at Tramore 2m Mares Maiden Hurdle (4-5yo) in Dec.
Domination 8-1 (11-0) In rear, some progress on outer from 5 out, no impression from 3 out, 12th of 15, 35l behind Mister Carter (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Johnston's Best (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Rear of mid-division, 8th 4 out, ridden and no extra next, 10th of 12, 28l behind Quarton (10-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.