It's no surprise to see HAPPY NEW YEAR turning out under a small penalty for Saturday's victory at Gowran as the handicapper has raised him 9lb. With his rider's claim taken into account he's effectively 8lb better in and should complete a quick double. Big Jemmy hasn't had much racing for his age and arrives in good heart though his best recent form has been over fences. Balyfinboy had been threatening to win a race before scrambling home from Tarquinius at Navan, form that was made to look better when the runner-up scored over fences six days later. Preswell Lad doesn't win often enough and is still on a high enough mark while the five-year-old Coolking has enough weight for what he's achieved over hurdles though he did manage to score between the flags at Cregg last month.
Coolking 7-2 (12-0) Mostly 2nd, 3l 2nd 1/2way, ld aftr 4out, chall bef 2out, ld again aftr 2out, so, readily, won at Cregg 3m ire ptp gf in Oct beating Leave It Be (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.
Moving On (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Soon tracked leaders, lost place from 3 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 37l behind Masked Phantom (11-10) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109.
Dazzlers Day (FR) 25-1 (11-8) Never better than mid-division, 13th of 18, well behind Doc Hollywood (11-4) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-95.
Ballyfinboy (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Led after 1st and clear with 2nd, clear on own from 6th, ridden and reduced advantage 2 out, tired run-in, just held on, won at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 beating Tarquinius (11-3) by nk, 10 ran.
War Of Words (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Truckin All Night (11-9) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Big Jemmy (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, closer in 6th after 3 out, ridden to chase winner and kept on well without getting there run-in, 2nd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Kilmurry Kid (10-12) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 sft in Oct.
Preswell Lad (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, went 3rd approaching straight and 2nd 2 out, soon no impression on winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 7l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
Western Man (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, closer in 7th after 4 out, 6th 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 33l behind Vic Chic (11-10) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
Happy New Year (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Soon led and made most, joined briefly 8th, led again before 4 out, ridden early straight and mistake 2 out, kept on well from before last, won at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy beating Jupitor (11-7) by 5l, 10 ran.
Harangue (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Always behind, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Chu Chu Thomas (11-9) at Clonmel 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 sft.
Watt A Diva (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Towards rear, 13th approaching 3 out, some headway into 7th entering straight, soon no extra, 8th of 18, 18l behind Cool Oscar (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f am hcp hdle 80-95 in Oct.
Culater (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, 13th of 17, well behind Carries Darling (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Lion Valley (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, no threat from 5 out and weakened, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct, 21 ran.
Sherika (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway into 5th before 3 out and briefly went 2nd approaching straight, no extra from 2 out, 6th of 21, 32l behind Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct.
A Hill To Climb (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, 6th 1/2way, prog in 5th well bef 2out, went cl 2nd bef last, ld early flat, all out at fin, won at Rathcannon 3m ire ptp gs in Sep beating Shingle Bay (12-0) by hd, 13 ran.
Knocklayde Euro (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 15th of 19, 44l behind Misca Musca (10-11) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.