LYREEN LEGEND has a Grade 2 penalty for his victory over the useful Folsom Blue and today's rival Bridgets Pet at Thurles but he looks good enough to complete a double at this level and holds Jenari on thier run at Navan in December. Texas Jack has been competing at a high level since completing a double in the autumn and quicker ground may help his cause. Turban is presumably the pick of the Willie Mullins trio but he was a big disappointment at Clonmel in February and his overall form falls short of what's required for this.
Lyreen Legend (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Jumped slow early, chased leaders, closed approaching 3 out, challenged and on terms from before next, led before last, stayed on well to draw clear run-in, won at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) in Mar beating Folsom Blue (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Lord Windermere (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Unseated rider before start, tracked leaders, 2nd halfway, challenged 2 out and led before last, kept on well run-in, won at Naas 2m nh nov hdl in Mar beating Ballynacree (10-13) by 3l, 9 ran.
Ballysteen (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, closed from before 3 out, led approaching straight, narrowly headed last and kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Spring Heeled (11-12) at Limerick 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd.
Bridgets Pet (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Waited with towards rear, closer in 4th approaching 3 out, challenged from next and every chance before last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Lyreen Legend (11-2) at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) in Mar.
Earls Quarter (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Waited with towards rear, ridden to challenge on outer in 4th from before last, stayed on well run-in to prevail near finish, won at Galway 2m 2f nh nov hdl gd in Aug beating Rebel Fitz (11-12) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Giant's Quest (AUS) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway to go 3rd 2 out, no impression on winner in 2nd before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, not quite reach winner and lost 2nd on line, 3rd of 15, 1/2l behind Protaras (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Ipsos Du Berlais (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, pushed along and struggling to hold place when hampered on bend after 6th, soon in rear, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Brindisi Breeze (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar, 20 ran.
Jenari (IRE) 9-4fav (11-4) Settled towards rear, headway early straight to go 4th at last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Steel Park (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Mar.
Laganbank (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden in 5th and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 20l behind Tango Banbou (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m nov hdl (4-6yo) in Mar.
Maller Tree 6-1 (11-8) Prominent and led briefly 2nd, 3rd halfway, led entering straight, headed after 2 out and dropped to 4th before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 9, 9l behind Lord Windermere (11-12) at Naas 2m nh nov hdl in Mar.
Savello (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 3 out, weakened entering straight, pulled up before last, in a race won by Tango Banbou (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m nov hdl (4-6yo) in Mar, 7 ran.
Texas Jack (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along from early straight, no impression on winner run-in and dropped to 4th closing stages, 4th of 8, 4l behind Felix Yonger (11-5) at Naas 2m nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Turban (FR) 13-8fav (11-7) Waited with in rear, 4th 4 out, pushed along into straight, soon beaten and not fluent 2 out, found to be stiff post race, 4th of 5, 18l behind Stephanie Kate (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4f hdl sft in Feb.
His Excellency (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, never reached leaders, 8th of 20, 10l behind Countrywide Flame (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.