This looks a question of whether Owennacurra Milan is ready after a break. He was in superb form at the beginning of the year and climbed a massive 30lb in the ratings. He couldn't quite cope at Gowran on his final start but has gone well when fresh in the past so should get into the mix with his rider's claim a bonus. Lastoftheleaders is another returning from an absence but he's really well handicapped compared to his chase rating and must be a threat if ready. First Impressions produced his best run for a long time at Fairyhouse a couple of weeks ago and Is Herself About enters the argument as she was in excellent form at this time a year ago. FLYING LIGHT won a maiden over the C&D last month and his overall form will make him difficult to beat from this sort of mark. Park Ranger is still a maiden after 10 starts over timber but shouldn't be discounted in an open contest.
Owennacurra Milan (IRE) 3-1fav (10-12) Rear of mid-division, headway in 8th 3 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, under pressure in 3rd last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 4l behind Ghareer (10-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 in Mar.
Lastoftheleaders (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Waited with towards rear, closer in 10th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 11th of 18, 31l behind Drive Time (10-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Apr.
Darenjan (IRE) 66-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, 7th last, no extra flat, 9th of 22, 19l behind Dark Lover (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (3) gs.
Park Ranger (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th and no impression entering straight, 4th 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 7l behind Truckin All Night (11-9) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl hvy in Sep.
Battling Boru (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd before 4 out, ridden in 4th after 3 out, no extra, weakened straight, 6th of 10, well behind Foildubh (11-8) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl hvy.
First Impressions (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Waited with, moderate 9th 4 out, closer in 6th approaching straight, 4th 2 out, kept on under pressure without getting to winner run-in, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Acriveen (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16.
Rinroe (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Close up in 2rd, bad mistake 4 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Rubi Light (11-9) at Sligo 2m 4f chs in Sep '10, 7 ran.
Is Herself About (IRE) 18-1 (11-3) Chased leaders mainly 5th, ridden and no extra 3 out, 6th of 8, 41l behind Tarla (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) hvy.
Flying Light (IRE) 1-2fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, improved to lead bypassing 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden to assert before last, kept on well run-in, won at Galway 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep beating Popmurphy (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Delphi Mountain (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, off the pace, moderate 6th 4 out, closer order next, lost place approaching straight, soon no impression, 9th of 16, 28l behind Acriveen (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16.