Sizing Chile cost 85,000 euros as a three-year-old and is obviously one to keep an eye on from the champion trainer's yard. Emperor Of Exmoor did well to finish runner-up to Tangled Web here last month and will have come on for the run but Tony Martin won this last year and can repeat the process with BLACKMAIL. A winning point-to-pointer, he's looked in need of a stiffer test of stamina on both starts to date and hopefully Robbie McNamara will ensure a strong gallop. Benemeade, who is related to several winners, could prove best of the remainder.
Allez Vic (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway in 5th entering straight, 4th when jumped badly left and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Blissful Moment (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy, 18 ran.
Emperor Of Exmoor (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Chased leaders mainly 6th, headway into 3rd entering straight, soon ridden and no impression on winner 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Tangled Web (11-11) at Leopardstown 2m NH flat sft in Dec.
Notorious Villain (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, pulled way into 4th halfway, ridden approaching straight and dropped to 6th, no extra, eased when beaten inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 27l behind Curley Bill (11-11) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat sft in Nov.
Walking Man (IRE) Marignan gelding out of Monanore Music.
Aquafortis (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden along and dropped to rear over 4f out, completely tailed off, last of 11, well behind Ned Buntline (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo nhf in Nov.
B L Swagger (IRE) Saddlers' Hall gelding out of Designer Lady.
Benemeade (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Millicent Bridge.
Blackmail (FR) 11-2 (11-9) Mid-division, 8th 4f out, progress entering straight, 3rd 1 1/2f out, 2nd and stayed on inside final furlong, no impression on winner last 100 yards, 2nd of 13, 4l behind Moyle Park (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
Sizing Chile (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Smooching.
Usuel Smurfer (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, 3rd 4f out, disputed briefly entering straight, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon no extra, 7th of 15, 13l behind Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Romantic Fashion (IRE) Milan mare out of Valentine Gale.