MIDNIGHT GAME had only half-a-length to spare over Joxer at Leopardstown last Christmas but has made much the greater progress subsequently. He'll be at short odds after reappearing with an impressive victory at Fairyhouse and though he's expected to score again it's not that clear cut as Joxer is 10lb better off. The latter had Edeymi a long way behind when runner-up to Monksland in a Down Royal Grade 2 last month though Tony Martin's youngster is much better than that and would be a threat on his cracking performance when runner-up in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham when today's rival Arnaud wasn't too far behind in fifth. Is Herself About has gained both of her victories on this track though against weaker opposition.
Midnight Game 5-2 (11-2) Settled 4th, travelled well into 3rd 2 out, pushed out to lead approaching last, kept on strongly run-in, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft beating Staying Article (11-7) by 7l, 5 ran.
Is Herself About (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Waited with towards rear, 6th and closing into straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 8, 13l behind Matsukaze (10-9) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy.
Joxer (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, ridden into 7th 2 out, 5th last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind King Of Queens (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft.
Arnaud (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders in 6th, no extra after 3 out, weakened, virtually pulled up run-in, last of 8, well behind Jezki (10-13) at Naas 2m hdl Grade 3 (1) in Nov.
Edeymi (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders in 3rd, weakened entering straight, last of 6, 39l behind Monksland (11-8) at Down Royal 2m hdl G2 (1) gd in Nov.