MILBOROUGH hasn't been seen for over a year but looked very promising on all three starts and hails from a yard who know how to get one ready. He's given the nod as Dubh Go Leir, who attempts this trip for the first time and should be suited, has shown his best form in less testing conditions and Goodoldhonkytonk faded quickly over the minimum trip at Gowran. Akatara has better form than any of these but has now gone 28 starts over timber without winning and has run moderately on her two latest starts.
A Stray Shot (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 9 out, ridden in 3rd and mistake 2 out, soon no extra, 7th of 14, 41l behind Arabella Boy (11-4) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Nov.
Milborough (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, struggling from 2 out, 5th approaching last, soon 3rd and kept on well run-in without getting to 1st closing stages, 3rd of 16, 1 1/4l behind Analyse That (11-1) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Nov '11.
Pretty Floyd (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Alw pr, prog 3out to ld bef next, jnd at last & no answer to winners pce, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Hello Mr Kelly (12-0) at Ballybunion 3m ire ptp gf in Apr '11.
Bonheur Secret (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd for much, no extra approaching straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 26l behind Venture Capital (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl in Dec.
Catchin Time (IRE) Chineur gelding out of Lady Dane.
Play Back Part Two (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Ld/disp until 3rd from 5th, still 3rd when fell 8th, in a race won by Saltmills Blackie (11-7) at Cregg 3m ire ptp gf in Oct, 11 ran.
Akatara (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 1st, 3rd 4 out, ridden from next, no impression straight, 7th of 20, 19l behind Oscars Joy (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Benefit Biddy (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Close up in 3rd, outpaced and lost touch with leaders 3 out, weakened from next, 11th of 18, 37l behind Annie Power (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Dubh Go Leir (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden to go 3rd approaching straight, no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 18l behind Unika La Reconce (10-13) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Golanedge (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders on outer, 3rd halfway, 4th 4f out, lost touch before straight, kept on to go 3rd again closing stages, 3rd of 8, 42l behind Sizing Tennessee (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Dec.
Goodoldhonkytonk (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Led early, remained prominent and disputed 4 out, soon pushed along and headed early straight, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 11, 18l behind Umpact (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.