Hard Bought is more likely to go back over fences soon but did manage to gain a narrow success on his last start over fences in October under today's rider. Hold The Fire has shown up well in a couple of handicaps and is one of the few here with scope to do better but A Decent Excuse is a chaser who pulled up on his latest start over timber. PROVINCIAL PRIDE didn't run well at Thurles last time but his overall form gives him a real chance in a poor contest and Jayne Mangan's presence in the saddle is a big plus so he gets the nod. Ronnie O'Leary's Claiming Benefits ran his best race for a long time at Wexford last month and could snatch a place.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up, no impression from 4 out, soon no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Another Challenge (11-6) at Thurles 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Vision Du Coeur (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division, not fluent 6th, 11th before 3 out, pushed along in 9th approaching last, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 12l behind Snowell (10-6) at Wexford 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Mar.
Definite Elegance (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Soon in rear, last when mistake 4 out, soon no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Avondhu Lady (11-11) at Cork 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Hard Bought (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Chased leader and 4th halfway, closer and ridden along 3 out, headway to lead before next where jumped left, soon headed, led again early run-in and kept on under pressure, all out to hold on, won at Clonmel 2m am hcp hdle 80-95 sft in Oct beating Famous Ballerina (11-2) by shd, 18 ran.
Golden Olive (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden in moderate 8th before 5 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 18, 39l behind Bally Longford (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gs in Jun.
Scarton 16-1 (11-7) Soon mid-divsion, no extra and pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Jack The Hat (11-1) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug, 16 ran.
Claiming Benefits (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, 9th approaching 3 out, progress in 5th entering straight, soon ridden and no impression last, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 5l behind Snowell (10-6) at Wexford 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Mar.
Red Solo Cup (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Mid-division, progress into 6th halfway, ridden and no extra 4 out, soon weakened, 15th of 16, well behind Do Be Doin' (10-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Mar.
Aviatore (GER) 33-1 (10-12) Towards rear, under pressure circuit to go, soon no danger, 16th of 18, well behind Tales Of Milan (11-2) at Limerick 2m 6f gd in Jul.
Hold The Fire (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Led, headed 4th, led again before 4 out, ridden and headed early straight, soon no impression on winner, 3rd after 2 out and kept on one pace,, 3rd of 17, 15l behind Dream Crusher (10-11) at Thurles 2m 6f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Milan Ridge (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, progress into 6th 3 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 17l behind Never Enough Time (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 1f in Jan.
Star Question (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, 14th of 16, 44l behind Do Be Doin' (10-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Mar.
Roisin Dubh (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Prominent, lost place from 5 out, soon no extra, 10th of 13, well behind Cheap As Chips (9-9) at Clonmel 2m in Mar.
Provincial Pride (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Prominent, not fluent 2nd, on terms 5 out, headed approaching 3 out, moderate 3rd approaching straight, no extra, 5th of 18, 29l behind Isleofhopendreams (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Feb.
Ardkilly Beauty (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Towards rear for most, ridden 3 out, no impression entering straight, 12th of 17, 31l behind Moonlight Boy (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl.
Written Inthestars (IRE) 3-1 (12-2) Mid div, fair 6th 6out & mstk 5out, 5th
Lightening Style (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Ld, 6l clr 3rd, red 2l ld when fell hvly 4out, in a race won by Annie Oscar (11-11) at Durrow 3m ire ptp hvy in Mar, 16 ran.
Themanwiththeplan (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, progress into 8th before straight, ridden and no impression before 2 out, 9th of 16, 32l behind Tooreen (11-8) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.