Avondhu Lady has plenty going for her, including two narrow defeats at this level last season, and a recent run will have put her straight. Backinthere made a bright start over fences here a fortnight ago where she survived a bad error to win comfortably. She's an obvious threat with progress guaranteed while Caoimhe's Delight may have beaten Fantastic Gold at Thurles but for a last-fence mistake. CAHERONAUN looked an improving type on her last two starts in the spring and wasn't disgraced on her final start behind Tarla at Limerick so gets the nod in a tricky race.
Avondhu Lady (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 2nd at 7th, not fluent 7 out, pushed along in 4th before 4 out where a bit slow, close 5th on outer into straight, 4th and no impression from 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 10l behind Fantastic Gold (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f gd in Oct.
Ballinahow Lady (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Led, challenged and jumped slightly left 3 out, soon ridden along, kept on under pressure, headed before last, no extra when mistake last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Double Seven (11-5) at Wexford 2m 6f lst chs (1) sft in Oct.
Caheronaun (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Raced in 2nd for most, ridden to close on winner before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Tarla (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f sft in May.
Dazzling Susie (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Led, pushed along and headed after 3rd, soon weakened, pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Fiery Oscar (11-2) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl sft in Sep, 14 ran.
Backinthere (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Led, blundered 2nd and headed, remained prominent and led again approaching straight, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Oct beating Back In A Tic (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Caoimhe's Delight (IRE) 11-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, 4th at 7th, closer order 5 out, jumped into 2nd 4 out, challenged and on terms 2 out, not entirely fluent last, not match winner and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 8, nk behind Fantastic Gold (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f gd in Oct.
Kalico Kim (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, some headway approaching straight to go moderate 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 15, 16l behind Backinthere (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Liz's D'estruval (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 4th for much, challenged under pressure and led approaching last, stayed on well to draw clear run-in, won at Listowel 2m 3f mrs beg chs gd in Jun beating The Blarney Rose (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.