Queen Of The Hill won a bumper over this trip and has been racing over slightly further since turning to hurdles. She has found little in the latter stages and this trip could be her optimum. MA BELLE AMIE, runner-up to Speckled Wood at Thurles last month, started a short-priced favourite at Fairyhouse a fortnight later but could only finish third behind Royal Flight. The 8lb she receives here can ensure she gains her first success with Sitcom, who has shown plenty of promise in bumpers, looking easily the best of the remainder.
Queen Of The Hill (FR) 7-2 (11-7) Prominent, disputed from 5 out, led 3 out, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra in 3rd last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Claudia Augusta (10-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
En Suite (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Towards rear, some modest progress from 3 out, 10th when bad mistake next, no extra, 12th of 17, well behind Jennies Jewel (11-2) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Jan.
Ma Belle Amie 6-4fav (10-12) Led and disputed, pushed along before straight, headed 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace in moderate 3rd from before last, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Royal Flight (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Feb.
Meitheamh (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 5th 4 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, no extra, 10th of 15, 48l behind Harold's Cross (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov '11.
Sitcom (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to challenge 3f out, disputed 2f out, ridden in 2nd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 7l behind Art Of Logistics (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Oct.
Ultra Light (FR) 20-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, well behind Claudia Augusta (10-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Valley View Lady (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind Rock Critic (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl hvy in Feb.
Victors Girl (IRE) 100-1 (10-4) Led, headed after 6 out, not fluent 5 out and soon no extra, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Are Ya Right Chief (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Feb, 17 ran.