SALESIN won this in 2011 and has reappeared in good form after a break. He led for a long way before being overhauled by Gates Of Rome over a slightly longer trip at Wexford on St Patrick's Day and can take this for the second time. Byerley Babe is an obvious threat on her handicap debut as she's been in fine form and looks well enough treated, though she was beaten a length by Born In Fire at Punchestown last month and is only 1lb better off. Beneficial Spirit reverts to hurdling on what could prove a very lenient mark and looks a big threat.
Just For Joe (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Chased leader in 2nd, pulled up quickly before 5 out, in a race won by Gates Of Rome (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl hvy, 12 ran.
Salesin 16-1 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon under pressure in 3rd, 2nd and no impression before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Gates Of Rome (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl hvy.
Born In Fire (FR) 25-1 (11-10) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead after 2 out, ridden entering straight, kept on well under pressure from last, won at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb beating Byerley Babe (11-5) by 1l, 13 ran.
Clar Na Mionn (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to challenge 3 out, soon led and asserted before next, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Cork 2m 4f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (6yo+) hvy beating Tabac Brun (11-8) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Owennacurra Milan (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Towards rear early, headway into 6th 6 out, ridden into moderate 4th 2 out, no impression leaders, kept on one pace to 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Gates Of Rome (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl hvy.
Kilcrea (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, ridden approaching straight and no extra from 2 out, last of 5, 21l behind Ballycasey (11-5) at Thurles 2m 6f nov hdl hvy in Jan.
Byerley Babe (IRE) 2-7fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to challenge 2 out, eased into lead last, edged ahead run-in, cosily, won at Limerick 2m 3f mares mdn hdl hvy beating Tudor Fashion (11-7) by 1l, 9 ran.
Hans Crescent (FR) 16-1 (10-8) Mid-division and kept wide, 9th halfway, 5th 4 out but no extra from 2 out, behind when mistake last, 17th of 20, well behind He'llberemembered (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs gs.
Irish Soul (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 15th of 26, 32l behind Shariyan (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Jan.
Beir Bua (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) In touch in rear, 9th 3 out, ridden in 7th next, kept on one paced, 5th of 10, 11l behind Mallowney (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl in Feb.
Blazing Sonnet (IRE) 7-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd before 6 out, challenged next, ridden in 2nd before straight, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Acapulco (10-11) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy, 12 ran.
De Dodger (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Rear of mid-division, some headway in 9th 4 out and 7th 2 out, no extra approaching last, 8th of 20, 23l behind He'llberemembered (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs gs.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway into 3rd 2 out, ridden in 2nd after 2 out, stayed on to join leader last, disputed briefly run-in, 2nd and no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Blazing Beacon (10-3) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs (10yo+) hvy.
Odonimee (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Led and disputed, mistake 5th, quickly went clear approaching 4 out where slow jump and reduced lead, headed next, 3rd 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Mount Benbulben (11-0) at Thurles 2m 2f chs 0-145 sft in Feb.