Lady Olwyn bounced back from a very poor run at Tramore to score readily at Fairyhouse and though 7lb higher if still in that kind of form would be a threat to all. MR EKO, who won twice over fences in the spring, took advantage of a lenient handicap mark over timber to score here a couple of weeks ago and is still well enough treated to complete a quick double. Courtncatcher is still a maiden but has been running really well in tough handicaps and it will be his turn soon while Followmeuptocarlow, who was just in front of him here last time, hasn't had much racing and looks certain to be in the shake-up. Happy New Year is well handicapped over timber but has now had 20 career starts without winning.
Lady Olwyn (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, ridden next, stayed on well from last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft beating Tillargon (10-10) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Mr Eko (IRE) 9-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead 2 out, led before last, kept on well run-in, all out, won at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy beating Grange (11-11) by shd, 11 ran.
Dog Barrel Hill (IRE) 5-1fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, 4th 3 out, no extra entering straight, weakened, 9th of 21, 50l behind Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy in Oct.
Paradis de Thaix (FR) 12-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, slight mistake 4 out and no extra entering straight, weakened, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Back In A Tic (10-7) at Naas 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Oct.
Luke's Benefit (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Prominent, 4th 5 out, soon lost place and no extra, 12th of 15, well behind Masked Phantom (11-10) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109.
Courtncatcher (IRE) 7-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway from 3 out, 2nd next, ridden entering straight, disputed lead briefly at last, headed and no extra run-in, 3rd of 16, 3l behind Last Time D'albain (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Oct.
Followmeuptocarlow (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, mistake 1st, progress into 8th 2 out, soon ridden, 5th entering straight, 3rd at last, kept on into 2nd run-in, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Last Time D'albain (11-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Oct.
Noble Pageant (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Prominent and disputed lead, headed 4th, driven along after 3 out and no extra in 6th next, 6th of 8, 31l behind Dont Tell Pa (11-5) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy.
Derrinlanna (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden after 8th, well beaten by leaders before 3 out, 7th of 15, 33l behind Genstone Trail (10-13) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Oct.
Gallant Oscar (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Clonbanan Lad (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Forjoethepainter (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Towards rear, no impression from 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Lady Olwyn (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft.
Whatdreamsrmadeof (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Led, ridden from 2 out, headed before last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Jupitor (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Happy New Year (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Waited with, off the pace from 6 out, some headway when not fluent 3 out, soon no impression, went poor 2nd from last, 2nd of 7, 34l behind Dedigout (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs hvy.