LAYLA JOAN has an ideal pedigree for this job and followed her point-to-point victory at Glenbane with impressive successes over hurdles here and at Fairyhouse. She's hardly been off the bridle in any of those victories and though facing a much stiffer test is taken to complete a four-timer. Her compatriot Fine Rightly looks a major threat as he was awarded a Grade 2 Navan bumper in December before having a very easy task on his hurdling debut on this course last month. It should be a cracking race between the two Irish raiders as though both Mysteree and Askamore Darsi are decent performers it's unlikely they have the quality to take on the principals at this stage.
Fine Rightly (IRE) Evens0fav (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd and keen, jumped left throughout, blundered and pecked 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, led last, held on well near finish, won at Ayr 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Jan beating The Orange Rogue (11-2) by 2l, 4 ran.
Layla Joan (IRE) 4-11fav (11-6) Held up in rear, headway 6 out, ridden before 2 out, led before last, drew clear run-in, won at Ayr 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Nosey Box (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Mysteree (IRE) 11-8fav (11-5) Chased leaders, pushed along 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 11l behind Dream Flyer (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Askamore Darsi (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) With leader, reminders before 4 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, weakened before last, 2nd of 9, 12l behind Yorkist (11-5) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Doubledisdoubledat (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Mid-div, 6th 1/2way, 2nd 2out, kow to ld on run-in, won at Kilfeacle 3m ire ptp hvy in Jan '13 beating The Grey Guy (12-0) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Ruberslaw 250-1 (10-12) Led to 4th, chased leaders, reminders after 6th, weakened before 5 out, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by The Last Samuri (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 7 ran.