Willie Mullins can't get a race over hurdles out of Champagne Agent, who has been tried at all kinds of distances. He's only started at this trip once and finished a close second but his lack of pace suggests he needs further. CURLEY BILL had anything but a smooth introduction to hurdles at Down Royal and may have been unfortunate not to have held off Third Opinion. He'll have come on for that experience and can go one better though Some Article, who was an impressive bumper winner here in April, will have improved from his hurdling debut at Navan. Way Up In The Air won a Cork bumper in November but got no further than the first on her hurdling bow there a month ago.
Ballyroe Rambler (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd before 2 out, ridden and no impression entering straight, 4th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 22l behind Mumbo Jumbo (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Champagne Agent (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd early straight but ridden and no impression when mistake last, no extra run-in, 5th of 12, 23l behind Dante Anna (10-12) at Gowran Park 3m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Coolnagorna Giggs (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, 2nd halfway, driven along in 4th 3 out and no impression early straight, no extra, 4th of 10, 43l behind Rocknrollrambo (10-13) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl.
Druim Shamhraidh (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 13th of 17, well behind Jennies Jewel (11-2) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl.
Garden Morris (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Soon towards rear, ran out on bend after 4th, in a race won by Argocat (10-5) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan '12, 17 ran.
Hair Oil Jimmy (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Led, headed 4 out and dropped to 5th 2 out, soon no extra, 6th of 10, 23l behind Treat Yourself (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m nov hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Pairc Na Ngael (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Towards rear for most, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Courtly Conduct (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Ravensbury (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, dropped to 6th 3 out, soon weakened, 13th of 18, well behind Touch The Eden (11-12) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Curley Bill (IRE) 2-1fav (11-9) Settled in rear of mid-division, headway in 6th approaching straight, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged when hampered approaching last where mistake, led briefly early run-in and soon strongly pressed, no extra and headed closing stages, 2nd of 12, nk behind Third Opinion (10-13) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Follow The Sign (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Prominent, 3rd halfway, 2nd 6f out, weakened entering straight, 9th of 13, 47l behind Moyle Park (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
Never Enough Time (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Ou La La.
Play Back Part Two (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, well behind Milborough (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy.
Some Article (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, closer in 3rd 4 out, 2nd next, soon ridden, no extra under pressure from 2 out, went moderate 4th at last, 4th of 14, 10l behind Un Atout (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Way Up In The Air (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Fell 1st, in a race won by Starkie (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec, 24 ran.