A 30-runner maiden hurdle is an interesting way to begin the day but VAUTOUR is likely to start a warm order. One of the few with hurdling experience, the superbly-bred gelding has two placed efforts at Auteuil to his credit and an entry in the Grade 1 Future Champions at Punchestown suggests much better is expected. Yes Sir Brian has done very well in bumpers, beating a good field on his debut and finishing runner-up to a couple of useful performers later. He'll make a hurdler as will Lieutenant Colonel, who is quickly sent over timber after his bumper victory at Punchestown three weeks ago when the fancied Harvey Logan wasn't far behind. Empresario made a bright start over hurdles at Tramore but took a fierce hold at Clonmel last time and was soon done with.
Attraction Ticket 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, outpaced 4f out, last of 8, 10l behind Save The Bees (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Busalla (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division on outer, pushed along halfway, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 6l behind Apache Gold (8-2) at Cork 6f App hcp in Oct (flat).
Cracking Chap (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, progress into 6th approaching straight, ridden and no impression from 2f out, kept on one pace,, 6th of 14, 14l behind Western Boy (11-11) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Nov.
Curraghchase (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division on inner, weakened after halfway and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Treacy Hotels Boy (11-4) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl sft in May, 20 ran.
Drunken Counsel (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, closed up going well from 4f out, led 3f out,, 5th of 10, 10l behind The Winkler (11-3) at Galway 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Oct.
Empresario (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Led early, soon chased leader in 2nd, slight mistake 4 out, led 3 out and soon challenged, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra 2 out, 11th of 16, 42l behind Carriganog (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Harvey Logan (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, headway to challenge entering straight, ridden and dropped to 4th 1f out, no impresion inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Lieutenant Colonel (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf in Nov.
Hurler And Farmer (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders on outer in 3rd, pushed along entering straight and soon no extra, weakened, 8th of 9, 26l behind Fairylike (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp gf in Jul (flat).
Jackofalltrades (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Towards rear, 13th before halfway, no impression and kept on straight, 8th of 13, 16l behind Age Of Glory (11-2) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl sft in May.
Karkasar (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Always behind, no impression from 4f out, never a factor, 17th of 23, 18l behind Stephanie Frances (11-0) at Punchestown 2m nhf gf in May.
Killiney Court (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Chased leaders early, mid-division in 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 3 out, 7th of 15, 39l behind Empire Of Dirt (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Oct.
Lieutenant Colonel 7-1 (11-0) Settled in mid-division, 7th 4f out and headway to lead entering straight, soon ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held on, won at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf in Nov beating Klinnsman (11-2) by hd, 14 ran.
Nimdani (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and no extra approaching straight, weakened, 13th of 18, 38l behind Union Dues (11-12) at Galway 1m 4f am mdn stks sft in Jul (flat).
No Cash Flow (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) In rear on outer, went moderate 13th 3 out, no impression from next, 15th of 19, 48l behind Moyle Park (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Noble Endeavor (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Old Moon.
Ocean Glandore (IRE) Whitmore's Conn gelding out of Miles Apart.
Pay No Heed (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 11th of 13, well behind Oscar's Passion (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Pencilled In (IRE) Dushyantor gelding out of Platinum Gold.
Pipe Down (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden in 6th 2 out, no impression straight, 5th of 13, 12l behind Oscar's Passion (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Shantou Ed (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Mid-division, dropped towards rear 4f out, ridden into 9th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Shaneshill (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo nhf in Nov.
Swantykay (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 20th of 25, 44l behind Upazo (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hdl in Nov.
Tale Of A Champion (IRE) Milan gelding out of Shaping.
To Choose (IRE) 8-1 (8-2) Settled in mid-division, pushed along in 8th early straight, went 5th and no impression on winner 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 5l behind Castle Guest (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov (flat).
Triumphant (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Led and 6 lengths clear before halfway, reduced advantage entering straight, strongly pressed under 2f out and headed early final furlong, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Camelot (9-8) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs in May (flat).
Ttebbob (IRE) Milan gelding out of Our Dream.
Vautour (FR) 13-2 (10-7) 2nd of 14, 6l behind Black River (10-12) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f 4yo hdl hvy in Mar.
Velvet Maker (FR) (9-10) won at Pornichet(FR) 1m 4f n h flat fst in Aug beating Vibraye (9-12) by 2l, 14 ran.
Vic Approach (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Belle D'anjou.
Yes Sir Brian (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Led, pressed early straight and headed over 1f out, no impression on winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 15, 3l behind Goldboy (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Alliecornally (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, weakened from 4 out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 19, well behind Moyle Park (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Nov.