Macnicholson keeps finding one too good and was returned a losing favourite behind Cracking Chap at Navan recently. He looks sure to be in the mix again but FRUITS OF MOLLY finished only four lengths behind him last time. Given that was the latter's first start over timber, Paul Gilligan's charge may well find enough improvement to land this. Rebel Laker is another to consider on his latest fourth at Downpatrick, though he has a bit to find at the weights with Landau whose run behind Plinth at Leopardstown in December also brings him into the reckoning. Kahdian and Lake Nova are others likely to improve while newcomer Phil's Magic is related to winning hurdler and chaser The Book Thief.
Cristy's Call (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 14th of 25, well behind Emperor Of Exmoor (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl.
Daigreen (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, progress into 9th before straight, ridden and no extra before 2 out, 13th of 17, 39l behind Moonlight Boy (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl.
Fruits Of Molly (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, led before 6th where jumped left, ridden after 3 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 15, 6l behind Cracking Chap (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Grey Brief (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra before 2 out, 9th of 14, 32l behind Triumphant (11-5) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl.
Macnicholson (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 5th, 4th halfway, ridden 3 out, kept on run-in to go 2nd, no impression on winner, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Cracking Chap (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Rebel Laker (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division in 5th, progress into 3rd 3 out, ridden before last, under pressure in 4th last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 10, 15l behind Taglietelle (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Section A (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Waited with towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 12th of 15, 25l behind Honkytonktennessee (11-8) at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
Thank You Pa (IRE) Rakti gelding out of Princess Button.
Blue Bullet (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Chased leader in mid-division, 6th and pushed along halfway, under pressure and no extra fiinal furlong, 8th of 10, 5l behind Lottie Dod (9-6) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Mar (flat).
Landau (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division, towards rear 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, weakened straight, 8th of 9, 45l behind Florishwells D'ete (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Kahdian (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, slight mistake 4 out, ridden 2 out, disputed 2nd last, no extra in 3rd run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 8l behind Wood Breizh (11-7) at Tramore 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Lake Nova (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, hampered 4th, 3rd halfway, improved to lead before 4 out, slight mistake and headed 2 out, ridden and no extra before last, kept on one pace in 4th run-in, 4th of 10, 12l behind Wood Breizh (11-7) at Tramore 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Phil's Magic (IRE) Fruits Of Love gelding out of Inch Rose.
Somethingboutnelly (IRE) Court Cave filly out of Carroll Lodge.
Exclusive Paddy (IRE) Alkaadhem gelding out of Exclusive Lady.
Portrade (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) In rear, no impression from 3 out, some late progress, 14th of 26, 37l behind Baby King (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Jack's Ranger (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outer, weakened 4 out, never a factor, 21st of 26, well behind Baby King (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Mar.