Mark Me Up has a little bit more to do after winning a novices' handicap at Wexford and though Killcara Boy has run well here in the past he may do better when sent over further. It wasn't much of a race that HILLMAN won at Navan but he proved himself to be on the upgrade and proved his stamina on testing ground. He's gone up in the weights but still looks capable of better and can complete a double. Playing won here in December but shot up the weights and hasn't been competitive in subsequent races.
Schinkel (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, 3rd3 out, soon ridden and weakened, behind when virtually pulled up run-in, completely tailed off, last of 12, well behind Miss Xian (10-0) at Naas 3m hcp hdl in Feb.
Ardglen (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders early, mid-division halfway, ridden in remote 11th 3 out, some modest late headway from next, 5th of 12, well behind Hillman (10-2) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 hvy.
Betterthanalright (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, dropped to rear halfway, no extra, 13th of 15, 44l behind Ros Brin (11-2) at Clonmel 2m beg chs in Dec.
Killcara Boy 9-2 (11-12) Slight mistake 2nd, soon tracked leaders, moderate 4th before straight, soon no impression, moderate 3rd before last, kept on, 2nd of 13, 17l behind Zekarya (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chase hvy in Jan.
Playing (FR) 4-1 (10-8) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden approaching 3 out and soon no extra, weakened, 7th of 9, 43l behind Rockyaboya (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Jan.
Mark Me Up 4-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, slow 3 out, headway into 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on to lead before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Wexford 2m 1f nov hcp chs 0-123 hvy beating High Desert (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Steady Ed (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 2nd, niggled along halfway, weakened from 3 out, 10th of 12, well behind Miss Xian (10-0) at Naas 3m hcp hdl in Feb.
Hillman (IRE) 7-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 3 out, 2nd next, led before last, stayed on under pressure run-in, all out, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 hvy beating Easy Vic (9-10) by ns, 12 ran.
Knock Beauty (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, 6th 4 out, fell next, in a race won by Dazzlers Day (11-0) at Limerick 3m hcp chs 0-109 hvy, 9 ran.