TUDOR FASHION has improved with experience and reappeared after a long break with an excellent placed effort in a Punchestown handicap, form that should be good enough for this. Seancill Oir went to Limerick on Saturday with what looked a reasonable chance in a handicap but couldn't handle the heavy ground. Rock's Field has shown ability but may do better in handicaps so Gordon Elliott's Layla Joan, who won a point-to-point at Glenbane in October, may provide more of a threat.
Layla Joan (IRE) 6-4 (11-11) Rcd 2nd, ld 2out, sn in command, row, easily, won at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gs in Oct beating Miss Oscarose (11-1) by 5l, 9 ran.
Molly's Affair (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, 12th before halfway, no impression and kept on same pace straight, 7th of 18, 19l behind Montys Meadow (11-9) at Cork 2m N H flat sft in Dec.
Seancill Oir (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Led and disputed, pecked 6 out, soon headed, no extra and pulled up after 3 out,, in a race won by Day Dream Boy (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec, 18 ran.
The Wee Girl (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) In rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 12th of 17, 31l behind Festive Felon (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Tudor Fashion (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 3rd 2 out, no impression before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Sullane Chief (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Dec.
Native Dolly (IRE) Gold Well filly out of Accountancy Native.
Rock's Field (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Led and disputed, headed 4th, close 3rd entering straight, led briefly after 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon no impression, 6th of 19, 15l behind Urticaire (11-7) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Dec.