Beluckyagain has been making steady progress and looked well at home in very testing ground at Thurles. She'll need to improve again in this much stronger race in which Twentytwo's Taken will make a bold bid follow up her very impressive victory at Down Royal for her in-form yard. Kayf Hampshire also made a very encouraging debut when comfortably beating Whisper Rock at Limerick and the runner-up has run well subsequently in a better race. Miss Mardan had been threatening to win before a comfortable success here 10 days ago but if PALM SUR handles these conditions she's the one to beat. A debut winner at Killarney on fast ground in July, she was having her first start since when beaten less than a length by the very useful Shesafoxylady in a Listed bumper on yielding going at Navan in November. West Montan showed some promise in a newcomers event at Naas though the race was run at a crawl in the early stages.
Beluckyagain (IRE) 11-4 (11-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, closer approaching straight and led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Thurles 2m mares n h flat hvy in Jan beating Peinemma (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Twentytwo's Taken (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, progress into 4th 4f out, not clear run 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft in Dec beating Some Plan (11-9) by 10l, 13 ran.
Kayf Hampshire (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, progress into 8th 6f out, 5th 3f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Dec beating Whisper Rock (11-9) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Miss Mardan (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, progress to lead entering straight, asserted under 2f out and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Fairyhouse 2m mares n h flat in Jan beating Perfect Promise (11-6) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Palm Sur (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4f out, disputed lead 3f out, ridden to lead over 2f out, strongly pressed 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Shesafoxylady (11-9) at Navan 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) in Nov.
Well Tuned (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Prominent, 4th approaching straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 17l behind Minella Foru (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Sep.
Nowe'reback (IRE) Flemensfirth mare out of Zafran Sunshine.
Who Let De Dogsout (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, led 4f out, ridden 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, under pressure in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 15, 6l behind Kayf Hampshire (10-13) at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Dec.
Kallerina (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Disputed lead early, headed halfway and soon dropped behind leaders, ridden in 5th 3f out, weakened, 6th of 7, 10l behind Champoleon (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo nhf sft in Jan.
West Montan (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Tracked leaders, improved to lead halfway, headed 4f out, ridden in 2nd 3f out, soon 3rd, kept on same pace in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Champoleon (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo nhf sft in Jan.