Way Up In The Air, a winning bumper and progressive hurdler, was receiving the mares' allowance when just touched off by Jim Will Fix It on her chasing bow at Punchestown. Backinthere was in fine form earlier this year over timber and made a bright start over fences in October beating Back In A Tic by just over a length. She couldn't quite cope with Ballinahow Lady in a similar race to this at Clonmel, where the favourite Caoime's Delight ran so poorly it was thought something was amiss. DRESSEDTOTHENINES was easily the best of these over hurdles and beat Zaidpour in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse in April. She hasn't jumped well in her two starts to date over fences though she could hardly be expected to have beaten Don Cossack over 2m6f on heavy ground at Galway and hopefully can improve enough to land what looks a competitive affair.
Back In A Tic (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, 3rd after 4 out and headway to challenge early straight, ridden approaching last and no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Backinthere (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Backinthere (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Disputed lead early, headed when a little slow at 2nd, soon dropped towards rear, closed into 5th after 3 out, went 3rd into straight, kept on run-in into 2nd without troubling winner near line, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-0) at Clonmel 2m 4f mares chs Grd 3 (1) in Nov.
Caoimhe's Delight (IRE) 9-4fav (10-7) Chased leaders, a little slow 3rd and pushed along, never travelled well, beaten 5 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Ballinahow Lady (11-0) at Clonmel 2m 4f mares chs Grd 3 (1) in Nov, 8 ran.
Curvacious (IRE) 10-3 (11-2) Soon led, mistake and unseated rider 7 out, in a race won by The Lady Granuaile (11-7) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs gf in Jul, 16 ran.
Dressedtothenines (IRE) 10-3 (11-5) Chased leaders, pushed along briefly 7 out, 5th 5 out, moderate 3rd 3 out, closed next, went moderate 2nd and no impression from before straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 20l behind Don Cossack (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Oct.
Kalico Kim (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, ridden after 15th, detached before 3 out, 9th of 14, well behind Thelobstercatcher (9-10) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140.
Kates Benefit (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Disputed early and headed before 3rd, tracked leader in 2nd, ridden in 3rd entering straight and no impression on winner, kept on one pace from 2 out,, 3rd of 16, 17l behind Trifolium (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs in Nov.
Way Up In The Air (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, slight mistake 7th, 5th and slightly hampered 3 out, soon 3rd, improved into 2nd 2 out, soon travelled well, slightly slow and ridden last, kept on well run-in, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Jim Will Fix It (11-12) at Punchestown 2m beg chs in Oct.