Miriam's Dream, who won a maiden at Roscommon in October, was engaged in the 2.35 at Punchestown yesterday. Speed Dial completed a double here and at Wexford but has climbed the ratings as a consequence and couldn't complete the hat-trick at Down Royal. He's still likely to get competitive here along with Acriveen, though she's another whose hat-trick attempt was thwarted by an elevated handicap mark. OZETA doesn't look an obvious candidate having pulled up on her two latest starts but she's better than that having won a Listed race at Auteuil and scoring for Nicky Henderson at Taunton. She can't get much lower in the weights and can surprise more fancied rivals.
Dul Ar An Ol (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up, 6th halfway, ridden 2 out, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 32l behind Beef To The Heels (10-10) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 hvy in Nov.
Acriveen (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 7th 3 out, ridden into 5th 2 out, 3rd last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind King Of Queens (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Miriam's Dream (IRE) 9-4 (11-4) Mid-division, 8th before halfway, progress 3 out, challenged and clear of remainder from before last, edged ahead near finish, won at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct beating Minella Reception (11-12) by hd, 15 ran.
Sands Cove (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Led early, headed 3rd but remained prominent until ridden and lost place entering straight, no extra, 8th of 9, 28l behind Worldor (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Nov.
Authinger (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Held up, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd after 2 out, ridden and weakened home bend, 7th of 8, 33l behind Whatever It Takes (10-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hcp hdl in Aug.
Total Reality (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 9th of 13, well behind His Excellency (10-9) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in May.
Ozeta (FR) 20-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Dec, 18 ran.
Mark Me Up 33-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Marito (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Speed Dial 3-1 (11-9) Settled towards rear, some headway approaching straight, 6th 2 out, moderate 4th before last, kept on run-in without troubling leaders, 4th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Court Jester (10-4) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.