B L Swagger won a bumper in the summer and though he showed little over hurdles he's always been regarded as a chasing type. Kylecrue twice pulled up over hurdles last month so it was a surprise that he landed a Clonmel handicap last time despite jumping left throughout. Rory's Brother has shown glimpses of ability and, though never in the first two in 18 career starts, this isn't the toughest of races. Silver Chief has had 25 career starts and won just once in a Sligo maiden hurdle, though she did run much better at Clonmel last time. CHEAP AS CHIPS would probably win this if able to repeat his performance over the course and distance in October when beaten narrowly into third behind More Madness so is handed a tentative vote.
B L Swagger (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Soon led, headed before 3rd where mistake, mistake again next, left in lead again on bend past stands before halfway, joined approaching 5 out, headed before 4 out, ridden in 4th 3 out, no impression straight, 7th of 16, 42l behind The Job Is Right (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Nov.
King Of Ardcarne (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) In rear, ridden 4 out, no impression from next, 5th of 10, well behind Twin Plan (10-9) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 gd in Apr.
Kylecrue (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Always prominent, led and jumped left 3 out, asserted and mistake 2 out, jumped left last, stayed on well on stand's side run-in,, won at Clonmel 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 beating Dawn Flyer (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Mia's Vic (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, took closer order after 3 out, ridden and weakened after next, 4th of 6, 23l behind Moufatango (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gs in Oct.
Mic Milano (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 20th of 24, well behind Followmeuptocarlow (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov.
Native Palm (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Mid-division, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 11th of 20, well behind Pivot Bridge (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Oct.
Rory's Brother (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Prominent, not fluent 6th, 3rd after, lost place before straight, no impression 2 out, 4th of 14, 20l behind Ballyroe Rambler (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Bourbon Ellie (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Always behind, trailing before halfway, completely tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Champagne Fever (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs in Nov.
Cheap As Chips (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Led, headed and dropped to 4th before 2 out, soon no impression,, 5th of 15, 17l behind Afatcat (10-11) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-102.
Hidden Horizons (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Soon close up and disputed lead, 3rd approaching 3 out, soon no extra and pulled up entering straight, in a race won by Emily Gray (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m 4f in Nov, 13 ran.
Silver Chief (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Mid-division, improved before 3 out, 3rd before 2 out, no impression from before last, kept on one pace,, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Afatcat (10-11) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-102.