Tabac Brun beat a big field of maidens at Gowran in October then failed to stay 3m on softer ground at Leopardstown so should be suited by today's trip. Grange has been in poor form since returning to action and looks high enough in the weights but Sarabad is reasonably treated on the best of his form, though he's another who has been out of sorts recently. SOMETHINGWONDERFUL has more scope than most of these and, though slightly disappointing since his Punchestown maiden success, there should be more to come and he's handed the vote. Malt Gem stays further but testing conditions should enable him to get involved.
Grange (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) Always rear, no extra from 3 out and eased after next, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Courtncatcher (10-12) at Naas 2m 4f in Oct.
Medicinal Compound 14-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, a little slow 5th, moderate 8th approaching straight, soon no extra,, 7th of 14, 48l behind Carrow Queen (9-10) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Sarabad (FR) 14-1 (10-0) Settled towards rear, progress 2 out and went 7th approaching last where slight mistake, no extra run-in, 7th of 21, 22l behind Courage (10-1) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Somethingwonderful (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd entering straight but ridden and no impression before last, no extra run-in,, 5th of 13, 8l behind Sea Light (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Tabac Brun (FR) 25-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, ridden and no extra approaching 2 out, weakened, 19th of 21, well behind Courage (10-1) at Leopardstown 3m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Lughnasa (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Soon mid-division, 9th 5 out, no extra from after 2 out, 11th of 16, 21l behind Jennies Jewel (10-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl in Dec.
Malt Gem (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, went moderate 7th approaching straight, soon moderate 6th, left a place better and slightly hampered 2 out, kept on same pace,, 4th of 14, 12l behind Carrow Queen (9-10) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Glenconkeyne (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, not fluent 2nd and jumped left 4th, soon reminders and 8th halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, eased entering straight,, 8th of 9, well behind Wooly Tom (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl.
Gort An Chnoic (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden in 2nd approaching straight, no impression in 4th before last, no extra run-in,, 5th of 8, 14l behind Los Amigos (11-3) at Thurles 2m 6f nh nov hdl sft in Dec.
Sherika (IRE) 11-1 (11-10) Held up, 8th approaching 6 out, no extra from 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Avondhu Lady (11-11) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 80-109 hvy, 11 ran.
Urban Gale (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Soon towards rear, moderate 8th from 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 14, 33l behind Thats The Dream (11-8) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 hvy.
West Council (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, moderate 5th from before 7 out, soon no danger, left a place better from 2 out, kept on without troubling winner into moderate 2nd near finish, 2nd of 7, 24l behind Castle Wings (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f beg chase hvy.