After a couple of victories in French-style bumpers, SHIFA arrived at this track with a big reputation a fortnight ago but fluffed her lines and could only finish third behind Ruler Of All. However, she was conceding 3lb to the winner, who is probably useful, and masses of weight to the runner-up so the form looks good enough for this. Winning point-to-pointer Four Commanders ran two fine races over this trip late last year and his run behind Skorcher over 2m6f here last time should be ignored as he didn't enjoy the longer trip and made a bad mistake at a crucial stage. Half Full hasn't been seen since a promising effort at Ballinrobe in July but Bobowen appears to be improving gradually and ran well enough behind The Pier here last month to suggest he can fight it out for a place at least.
Battling Boru (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 9th 3 out, no extra before next, 13th of 21, 30l behind Day Of A Lifetime (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Kalacan (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 6th, progress entering straight, 3rd and challenged 2f out, disputed lead briefly 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Solo Performer (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-90 pol in Nov (flat).
Mabuya (UAE) 33-1 (11-6) Mid-division, no extra from 3 out, 15th of 21, well behind Raptor (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) sft in Jan.
Gleaming Silver (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened 4 out, 19th of 21, well behind Day Of A Lifetime (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Shifa (FR) 7-4fav (11-7) Led, strongly pressed 3 out, soon headed, dropped to 3rd before 2 out, no extra before last, 3rd of 18, 15l behind Ruler Of All (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Abarta (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 11, 9l behind Rebel Fitz (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Bobowen (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) In rear, some headway into moderate 8th entering straight, kept on without threatening from 2 out, 4th of 18, 4 1/2l behind The Pier (11-10) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Cloch Mor (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, ridden in 9th 3 out, no extra and weakened, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Luddsdenene (11-5) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
First Impressions (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear early, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 4f out, ridden and no extra entering straight, 6th of 12, 33l behind Lovethehigherlaw (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat hvy in Jan.
Four Commanders (IRE) 7-2fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, blundered 4 out, no impression under pressure in 8th after 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 18, 25l behind Skorcher (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan.
Half Full (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 5th 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, stayed on in 4th last, kept on same pace run-in to go 2nd, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Hail Caesar (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Jul.
Miriam's Dream (IRE) Lord Americo gelding out of Butlers Meadow.
Mywho 40-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and dropped towards rear 4f out, weakened, last of 11, 24l behind Rebel Fitz (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Sweet Choice (IRE) Make No Mistake gelding out of Duffys Choice.
Eochair (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Zaidpour (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Nov, 22 ran.
Laureldeans Best (IRE) 10-3fav (8-8) Raced wide mid-division, effort over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 9l behind King of The Moors (9-2) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Apr (flat).
Morethanafeeling (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 15th of 21, 36l behind Hidden Universe (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Tarry Not (USA) 50-1 (9-0) Held up, no impression straight, 10th of 14, 17l behind Harry Days (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov (flat).
Aileen's Boy (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, mistake 3rd, tailed off when fell 3 out, in a race won by Save My Blushes (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f 4yo mdn hdl gd in May, 16 ran.
The Way We Were (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of Shuil Oilean.
Shariyan (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, 14th of 21, well behind Raptor (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) sft in Jan.