LOTS OF MEMORIES has been a bit unfortunate to come up against useful rivals and ran really well behind the heavily supported Caesar Milan at Down Royal on Boxing Day. He'd be unlucky to come up against one as good and is given the vote though Super Mix and Wedding Present are potentially decent performers. The former made a promising debut behind Kick On Boss at Gowran with the remainder well beaten while Sean O'Brien's charge found 2m4f at Leopardstown just too far and was caught close home by Mullaghanoe River. Giantofaman finished close up in that latter event and along with Whinstone Dee should be considered in what looks an open bumper.
Art Of Elegance (IRE) Gamut gelding out of Pre-let.
Bahati Boy (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Ww, alw twrds rr, mod 5th 2out, lft poor 3rd late, ko, 3rd of 17, well behind Lecale Lad (11-4) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Bye Bye O Bye (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, driven along early straight and no extra from well over 1f out, 6th of 10, 25l behind Darkestbeforedawn (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat sft in Aug.
Lots Of Memories (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, led approaching straight, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure 1f out, headed inside final 100 yards and no extra, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Ceasar Milan (11-4) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Super Mix (FR) 2-1 (12-0) Tracked leader, 3rd halfway, headway to dispute and niggled along approaching straight, ridden and headed 2f out, soon no impression on winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Kick On Boss (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat sft in Dec.
The Real Jack (IRE) Zagreb gelding out of Orchid House.
Third Chance (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, lost place 4f out, progress to chase leaders from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 1 1/2f out, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Prideofthecastle (11-9) at Limerick 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Watchthesteps (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway into 6th 6f out, weakened from 4f out, 8th of 14, 49l behind Melanjo (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4f N H flat hvy in May.
Wedding Present (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, improved to lead entering straight, ridden and challenged 2f out, kept on under pressure, headed close home, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Giantofaman (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 4f out, ridden and headed entering straight, under pressure in 5th 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 7l behind Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Graigue Cross (IRE) Indian River gelding out of Princesse Ira.
Nearly Nama'd (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, led before halfway, strongly pressed early straight and headed 1f out, no chance with easy winner and kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 9l behind Byerley Babe (11-2) at Thurles 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Rightdownthemiddle (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Alternative Route.
Whinstone Dee (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, some progress from 3f out, kept on one paced from 2f out, 5th of 12, 15l behind Eight Chimes (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat hvy.
Queen Michaela (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Keen hold and soon tracked leaders, no extra and fell 3 out, in a race won by Courtly Conduct (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 16 ran.