There are 25 runners here and few without a chance. Thunder And Roses has been in cracking form all winter but the going may just have turned a bit quick for him while the very progressive Wounded Warrior, whose hat-trick bid was thwarted in a Grade 2 last time, has yet to encounter anything but testing conditions. Courtncatcher completed a hat-trick before beaten in a Cork Grade 3 where he was staying on strongly at the finish but it's UPSTAGER, who beat subsequent winner Moonlight Boy in emphatic style at Gowran with the remainder beaten out of sight, who gets the nod. Off The Charts is up 9lb for a narrow victory at Thurles but is progressing nicely while The King Of Brega has been raised a monster 23lb for a very easy victory at Down Royal. Our Katie is a winning point-to-pointer so the fact that she's been scoring over much shorter trips is a credit to her and she's a threat to all.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Held up, 8th halfway, progress into 5th 5 out, travelled well to challenge 2 out, ridden to join leader last, led run-in, kept on well closing stages, won at Navan 2m 7f nov hdl sft in Mar beating The Westener Boy (11-0) by 1l, 9 ran.
The Job Is Right 80-1 (11-7) Prominent, mistake 1st, lost place approaching 3 out, soon behind, pulled up before last, in a race won by Very Wood (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar, 18 ran.
Lots Of Memories (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Tracked leader, ridden 5 out, soon lost place, no extra 3 out, pulled up before 2 out,, in a race won by Faugheen (11-3) at Limerick 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Urano (FR) 20-1 (11-5) Towards rear, closer in 8th approaching straight, moderate 7th and no extra 2 out,, 7th of 13, 42l behind Lieutenant Colonel (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft.
Wounded Warrior (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Prominent at sedate pace, 5th approaching straight, no impression when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 6, 4l behind Sure Reef (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) in Jan.
Courtncatcher (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Held up in last, pushed along 4 out, ridden and no impression 3 out, left 5th, stayed on to moderate 3rd last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Lots Of Memories (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov.
Gold Patrol (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Never better than mid-division, no extra in 11th approaching straight, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bothair Clei (9-10) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar, 13 ran.
Upstager (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Settled in mid-division, progress into 4th 3 out, led after next and not fluent last, ridden and kept on well run-in, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar beating Moonlight Boy (11-12) by 4 1/2l, 20 ran.
Flatfoot Boogie (FR) 50-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, lost place after 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 11th of 18, well behind Beat That (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs.
Wicklow Gold (FR) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, mistake and ridden 3 out, no extra before next, 8th of 9, 19l behind Thunder And Roses (10-13) at Navan 2m 7f nov hdl sft in Mar.
Our Katie (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, closer order from after 5th, on terms approaching straight where travelling smoothly, led before 2 out where slight mistake, stayed on well run-in, won at Limerick 2m 3f hvy in Mar beating Carrigeen Lechuga (10-10) by 2l, 8 ran.
Rightdownthemiddle (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, no impression in 6th approaching straight, moderate 5th and kept on same pace from 2 out,, 5th of 13, 24l behind Lieutenant Colonel (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) sft.
Say It Again (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Led, joined 4 out, soon led again, still travelling smoothly into straight, pressed before 2 out where headed and dropped to 3rd, soon no impression, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Aerlite Supreme (11-12) at Limerick 2m 4f nh nov hdl hvy in Mar.
Our Man Zebo (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, slight mistake 6 out, ridden along before straight, 3rd 3 out, no extra before next, 5th of 10, 13l behind Flatfoot Boogie (11-4) at Killarney 2m 6f nh nov hdl gd in Aug.
Benemeade (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th after 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 13th of 14, well behind Giant's Quest (11-2) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Some Officer (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, dropped to 8th approaching straight, soon no impression, 7th of 13, 16l behind Bothair Clei (9-10) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Allied Victory (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Prominent and led before 3rd, extended lead to 5 lengths 4 out, ridden and kept on well in straight, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl in Mar beating The Mystro (11-12) by 4l, 15 ran.
Off The Charts (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, progress in 3rd entering straight, challenged approaching last, pushed out to lead run-in and kept on well, won at Thurles 2m 6f Handicap Hurdle (80-123) (4yo+) in Jan beating Kylecrue (9-11) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Jimmy Two Times (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Soon chased leaders, moderate 5th approaching 3 out where slight mistake, ridden to go 4th and no impression from last, stayed on well run-in into 2nd close home, 2nd of 18, 3l behind Blow The Doors Off (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
The King Of Brega (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Prominent and led after 2nd, extended advantage to 6 lengths 3 out and in command from next, stayed on well, very easily, won at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 in Nov beating Lord Of Isenay (11-5) by 10l, 20 ran.
Divine Rhapsody (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, moderate 6th halfway, ridden in moderate 4th before 2 out, soon no extra, 5th of 17, 5l behind Sammy Black (10-0) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 in Mar.
Celtic Monarch (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, weakened, 10th of 13, 50l behind Bayan (10-10) at Listowel 2m sft in Sep.
Lilly Of The Moor 12-1 (11-5) Prominent on inner, improved to dispute lead after 3 out, ridden and led 2 out, headed entering straight, weakened before last, 8th of 15, 16l behind Is Love Alive (11-11) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Forever Gold (IRE) 7-1fav (9-10) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, ridden in 9th 4 out, kept on one pace straight, 8th of 16, 14l behind My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Pollywollydoodle (IRE) 5-1fav (10-12) Soon led, joined from before 3 out, soon headed, no extra and kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 18, 7l behind Glibin (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f in Sep.