Willie Mullins has won the last two renewals so Shamar, a dual winner on the Flat in France, has to be respected though he's jumped poorly on both starts over timber. Foxrock is an expensive purchase from the point-to-point field who started odds-on when making a winning debut at Loughrea in October while Sizing Solution, who made a promising start over timber at Wexford in June, won a point at Ballydarragh by 15l three weeks ago. Thunder And Roses easily landed a Naas bumper before starting odds-on on his hurdling debut at Cork but found Tennis Cap too strong. He'll be thereabouts but MALA BEACH ran so well in a very strong Fairyhouse maiden won by Bright New Dawn that he's handed the vote in a race that should produce plenty of future winners.
Apache Jack (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders at ordinary pace, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2f out, 7th of 18, 18l behind Gilt Shadow (11-8) at Down Royal 2m N H flat gs in Nov.
Balnagon Boy (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Waited with towards rear, closer in 9th before straight, no impression under pressure and kept on without threatening from over 1f out, 4th of 13, 7l behind Stolberg (11-0) at Listowel 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Sep.
Foxrock (IRE) 4-5 (11-7) Alw pr, ld after 4th, chall gng to 4th last, 2l ld at last, kow, won at Loughrea 3m ire ptp hvy in Oct beating Minellahalfcentury (11-7) by 2l, 11 ran.
Mala Beach (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 8th 3 out, ridden in 5th 2 out, under pressure in 4th last, kept on in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 19, 3 1/2l behind Bright New Dawn (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Shamar (FR) 13-8fav (11-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd 3 out, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, lost 3rd run-in, 4th of 24, 7l behind Starkie (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Sizing Solution (IRE) 5-4 (10-11) Ww rr, prog from 6out to rce 6th, further prog to 3rd 4out, jnd ldr & wo after 3out, easily, won at Ballydarragh 3m ire ptp gs beating Mr Grey (11-7) by 15l, 14 ran.
Talbot Road (IRE) 11-4fav (11-2) Mid-division, 8th 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace straight, 5th of 17, 9l behind Outlander (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft.
The Drunken Dr (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Held up, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 4 out, ridden and no extra after 3 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Kostar (11-0) at Sligo 2m 4f cond mdn hdl sft in Aug, 8 ran.
The Job Is Right 50-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th and no impression before 3 out, 5th 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, well behind Minsk (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 1-2fav (11-3) Prominent, ridden in pursuit of winner from 2 out, no impression and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Tennis Cap (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Distracted (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, closer entering straight, went 3rd over 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 19, 4l behind Millie Le Bach (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 2f mrs N H flat gf in May.
Penny Opera (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 11th of 18, 27l behind Ally Cascade (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.