After beating Curley Bill in a Fairyhouse bumper, Expanding Universe started favourite on his hurdling debut at Leopardstown but ran poorly. He's better than that but is best watched for now while Fergiethelegend gets a quick opportunity to make amends for unshipping his rider at the start at Navan on Sunday. He could probably do with a bit further but Kashline was only run out of it close home over 2m5f at Limerick and this could prove his best trip. Mr Groocock has potential though his jumping has left plenty to be desired so it's MORNING ASSEMBLY who gets the vote after an excellent hurdling debut behind the well-regarded Sizing Gold at Leopardstown.
Arctic Trail (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear, progress 5 out, 9th approaching next, no impression from before straight, 8th of 12, 39l behind Carsonstown Bridge (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy.
Asktheyank (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 15, well behind Waydownsouth (11-12) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Austerity Measures (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, fell 6th, in a race won by Terminal (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f beg chase hvy, 12 ran.
Crowded Room (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Mid-division, some progress into 6th 3 out, no extra from next, eased run-in, 6th of 17, well behind Jennies Jewel (11-2) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl.
Expanding Universe (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Prominent, 2nd halfway, close up to 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 8th of 10, 34l behind Anonis (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Fergiethelegend (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Stumbled and unseated rider start, in a race won by Suntiep (11-12) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy, 13 ran.
Glen Gyle (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 4 out, 7th approaching next, soon no impression, 10th of 13, well behind Flamenco Prince (10-11) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Jabus (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway into 8th 3 out, ridden and no impression before next, 7th of 12, 41l behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Jamies Benefit (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) (poor visibility) always in rear, no impression from 4 out, 5th of 10, well behind Drawn N Drank (11-12) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Kashline (IRE) 11-10fav (11-7) Prominent, mainly 2nd, on terms 3 out, soon led, attempted to assert and went on from before 2 out, kept on same pace run-in and caught close home, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Castlerock Rose (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Mad Brian (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Mid-division, headway into 2nd 2f out, soon ridden, kept on well in 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Eight Chimes (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat hvy.
Morning Assembly (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Mid-division early, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, 2nd next, ridden entering straight, no impression winner before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Mr Groocock 9-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, went in pursuit of winner from before 2 out where untidy, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Courtly Conduct (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Ournativecity (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Towards rear, unseated rider 5th (poor visibility), in a race won by Alderwood (11-12) at Navan 2m 1f beg chase hvy, 10 ran.
Petit Garson (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, no extra 3 out, pulled up entering straight, in a race won by Kilcrea (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Presenting Lol (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 3 out, no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 31l behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Sterling Stuff (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Mostly 2nd until 4th by 5th, cl 3rd 4out until so from 2out to ld last, always gng best flat, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec beating Azure Aware (12-0) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Stoney (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Waited with, improved to track leaders from over 4f out, close 3rd before straight, no extra in 4th and kept on same pace from 1 1/2f out, 4th of 9, 13l behind Heath Hunter (12-0) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Nov.
West Council (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Fureys Cross (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Close up, on terms approaching straight, soon headed and no impression, 5th of 16, 20l behind Girl In Blue (11-2) at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Dec.
Me And Ben (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, no impression in 4th from 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 19l behind Midnight Oil (11-10) at Cork 2m mdn hdl.
Tudor Fashion (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) 7th of 8, well behind Carrigeen Lonicera (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m mares n h flat hvy.