GRANGE can gain compensation for a narrow defeat by Mr Eko over the C&D a couple of weeks ago. Raised 11lb for his earlier victory at Tipperary, he still looked in need of the experience on what was only his sixth start and another 4lb rise shouldn't prove a problem. Supreme Bob made a very nice handicap debut when narrowly beaten by Khan Tengri at Tipperary and must go close here though a 7lb hike in the weights could prove his undoing. Popmurphy, a useful performer on the Flat, will be making his handicap debut from what could prove to be a lenient mark while Appletime is improving with each run and there was plenty to like about his latest effort at Fairyhouse. Hop In ended his first season over hurdles early with a fine effort over this C&D on New Year's Eve and he'll be winning soon.
Supreme Bob (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Waited with in mid-division, progress going well from 4 out, left disputing lead from 2 out, every chance run-in, headed closing stages, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Khan Tengri (10-5) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jul.
Appletime (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, moderate 5th approaching straight, closed to challenge from 2 out, 3rd and no impression last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 6l behind Benevolent (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl in Oct.
Hair Oil Jimmy (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Led early, headed after 2nd and modeeate 4th halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 9th of 14, well behind Rory O'Moore (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Popmurphy 5-1 (11-12) Always prominent, no impression under pressure from before last where not fluent, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 16l behind Miriam's Dream (11-4) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Grange (IRE) 5-4fav (11-11) Waited with towards rear, progress under pressure into 4th approaching straight, soon 3rd, went in pursuit of winner from before last, stayed on well run-in, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Mr Eko (11-8) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy.
Man of God (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, no extra and dropped to rear early straight, weakened, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Worldor (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23.
Hop In (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 4th 4 out, ridden in 2nd 2 out, no impression leader entering straight, kept on from last, pressed winner closing stages, 2nd of 13, 1l behind Sorted (11-10) at Punchestown 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Gothen Niece (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 10th of 15, 43l behind Marshim (11-2) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Oct.
Ms Cabrita (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Chu Chu Thomas (11-7) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-95, 17 ran.