DISCORAMA (Paul Nolan) Totally unfancied – 50/1 to 66’s – and tenderly ridden when finishing with a flourish to deny odds on jolly Blow By Blow at Punchestown. Could be anything and will certainly stay a lot further than that two miles, two furlongs trip.
DRACONIEN (Willie Mullins) This French import could hardly have made a more impressive Irish debut than in his Qualified Riders maiden hurdle victory at Clonmel. Won doing handstands and barely getting out off second gear. Patrick Mullins was delighted but not surprised as he’d been working really well at home. Will reappear just after Christmas.
EARLY DOORS (Joseph O’Brien) Ran a cracker upped in grade in the Royal Bond when second to Mengli Khan. Clearly going the right way and could easily step up in trip.
ESPOIR D’ALLEN (Gavin Cromwell) Simply oozes class, the Grade 3 he won at Fairyhouse turned into a stroll in the park. Will be primed and ready to go again at Leopardstown at Christmas.
GAME OF WAR (Henry de Bromhead) The Gigginstown gelding had finished second to the brilliant but ill fated Fayonagh at Fairyhouse and yet was sent off a generous 9/2 at Clonmel on Thursday. Made a nonsense of those odds with an easy and efficient victory and it should be onwards and upwards from here.
LIVELOVELAUGH (Willie Mullins) Jumped superbly on his first run over fences, probably needs three miles already. Bags of potential and at the right yard to fully exploit it.
SUPASUNDAE (Jessica Harrington) This Coral Cup winner made a nice seasonal debut over a trip too short in the Hatton’s Grace. Has a decent record at Cheltenham and looks Stayers Hurdle material – unless of course Apple’s Jade takes that option too!