Winning bumper GIANT'S QUEST made a promising start over hurdles over this C&D before a poor run when strongly fancied over 2m4f at Killarney. A recent run on the Flat will have put him straight and he looks the one to beat. Captain Arceus ran poorly on his only start over timber but reverted to bumpers with a victory at Fairyhouse and can do better. Gallant Oscar has shown promise and is the type to make progress this winter but Hawk Flight appears to have gone backwards since impressing in his opening runs over timber. Regal Warrior ran his best race to date over hurdles at Down Royal a month ago and bumper winner Sands Cove has the pedigree to make a decent hurdler.
Captain Arceus (IRE) 11-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd and challenged from 2f out, led inside final furlong and stayed on well, won at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat in Feb beating You Must Know Me (11-9) by nk, 6 ran.
Corr Point (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Waited with, cloeser in 10th after 3 out, kept on same pace from before straight, 11th of 18, 17l behind Wolf Hall (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gd in Apr.
Gallant Oscar (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Ww rr, last by 6th, prog 4out, cl 2nd 3out & ev ch on outer bef last until no ex early flat, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Unoccupied (12-0) at Affane 3m ire ptp gs in Nov.
Giant's Quest (AUS) 6-4fav (11-12) Soon chased leaders, hampered a little and not fluent 4 out, soon struggling, moderate 5th and no extra approaching straight, kept on same pace, lame, 7th of 16, well behind Ballyadam Approach (11-4) at Killarney 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in May.
Glenconkeyne (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Led early, prominent, no extra and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 9th of 17, 29l behind Railway Icon (11-7) at Down Royal 2m N H flat gs in Aug.
Hawk Flight (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 19th of 20, 47l behind Norther Bay (11-10) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Here For The Craic (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Mid div, prog in 5th aftr 5out, fair 6th but btn aftr 3out, wknd, 7th of 14, 27l behind Carhue (12-0) at Lismore 3m ire ptp in Mar.
Hidden Harmony (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Rcd 2nd, ld & gng well bef 2out where fell, in a race won by Hey R Fella (11-4) at Taylorstown 3m ire ptp sft in Oct, 13 ran.
King Boyne Senior (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Keen hold and led soon after half a mile, headed 5f out, soon weakened, completely tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Moorhill Lad (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat sft in Aug.
Mountain Pride (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, moderate 8th before 4 out, no extra into straight, 16th of 18, 40l behind Beir Bua (11-1) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl 8Evens09 in Sep '11.
Not For Changing (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, closer in 5th under 4f out, no impression from 3f out, kept on same pace in 6th into straight, 7th of 12, 42l behind Teelin Star (11-11) at Listowel 2m 4f N H flat hvy.
Qianlong Article (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division for most, never a factor, 12th of 19, 29l behind St Maxime (11-1) at Galway 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Raven's Feather (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Soon chased leaders, 6th over 5f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 3f out, 7th of 11, 29l behind Aranhill Chief (11-7) at Bellewstown 2m 1f N H flat in Aug.
Rearcross (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, weakened from 5f out, 7th of 8, well behind Return Spring (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gf in Aug.
Regal Warrior (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, progress to track leaders from 4 out, struggling to get to winner in 2nd from before last, kept on saem pace run-in, 2nd of 20, 4 1/2l behind Cara's Oscar (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Royal Sam (IRE) 9-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, took closer order after halfway, slight mistake 3 out, soon improved to dispute lead, headed when not fluent last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Jakros (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Aug.
Sands Cove (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Held up in rear, 5th approaching straight, ridden and no extra from 2f out, 5th of 8, 23l behind Mumbo Jumbo (11-6) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft in Dec.
Snowell (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, ridden in 12th before 2 out, soon no extra, 13th of 19, 31l behind St Maxime (11-1) at Galway 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Thebarberkelly (IRE) 40-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ted Veale (11-12) at Listowel 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy, 16 ran.
Wicker Park (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Never better than mid-division, 15th of 20, well behind Cara's Oscar (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Dancin' Glory (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway into 4th before halfway, no extra approaching straight and weakened, 12th of 15, well behind Kates Benefit (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mrs N H flat in Feb.
Sailors Time (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Led, headed entering straight and soon no extra, 7th of 10, 43l behind Darkestbeforedawn (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat sft in Aug.
The Gave (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Never better than mid-division, 15th of 20, 29l behind Ms Bliss (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gs in Aug.