The chasing debut of OSCARS WELL has been long awaited. Jessica Harrington's charge won two Grade 1's over hurdles in his novice season and though not quite able to repeat those victories at the highest level last season he was placed three times and only faded from the last in the Champion Hurdle. He's been found a nice opportunity to make a winning start though the useful and versatile Plan A will ensure he gets a test. Gordon Elliott's charge appears to have been around for an age but he's a tough competitor and jumped well when runner-up to Special Tiara on his debut over fences at Ballinrobe last month. Darwins Fox looks a smart prospect having won a Listed contest over hurdles and been placed in a Grade 2. His dam is from a fine family of jumpers in France and Henry De Bromhead does very well with similar types.
Darwins Fox (FR) 14-1 (11-10) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, 11th of 16, 41l behind Vast Consumption (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gs in Apr.
Happy New Year (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 10th of 16, well behind Farrells Fancy (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs.
Hi Big Man (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) In front when slow jump 1st, headed but remained prominent, keen hold, weakened from before 2 out, eased closing stages, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Marasonnien (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Jan.
Oscars Well (IRE) 11-8fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway in 5th entering straight, ridden 2 out, no impression before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 14l behind Get Me Out Of Here (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Apr.
Paddy The Stout (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Towards rear, some headway 3 out where fell, in a race won by Heavenly Brook (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f beg chase gd in Apr, 16 ran.
Popaflora 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Farrells Fancy (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs.
Schinkel (IRE) 28-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 10th halfway, moderate 6th after 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 40l behind Prince Ludovic (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chs gs in May.
Unoccupied 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear, 11th approaching 4 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 50l behind American Flyer (10-11) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Willowhill Warrior (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Prominent, a bit slow 2nd, lost place and no extra 4 out, 11th of 13, well behind Fair Dilemma (11-9) at Listowel 2m 4f beg chs sft in Sep.
Pass The Hat 13-2 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 6th 2 out, no extra straight, 4th of 10, 15l behind Whodoyouthink (10-9) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl sft in Mar.
Plan A (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Mid-division, progress on outer from 4 out, 6th next, 5th and ridden 2 out, went moderate 2nd at last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Special Tiara (11-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f beg chs sft in Sep.
Star Select (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Waited with, 6th approaching 4 out, soon no impression, 8th of 10, well behind Rye Martini (11-4) at Tipperary 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy.
Tales Of Milan (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, fell last, in a race won by Sraid Padraig (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft, 16 ran.