Upazo has been a short-priced beaten favourite in his three starts since arriving from France and looked very one-paced at Punchestown last time. OPERATING ran a fine race behind a couple of smart performers here at Christmas and with the slightly longer trip certain to be in his favour he looks the one to beat. Winning point-to-pointer Grey Monk has found the minimum trip too sharp on both starts over timber but has shown up well and looks likely to get into the mix along with Thunder And Roses, who has run well in two strong maidens over the track and trip recently. Mireya created a surprise when landing a Galway bumper in September though she had some reasonable form over hurdles previously.
Begerin Bridge (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Ld, jnd 5th, mstk & ur 9th, in a race won by Most Chaste (11-9) at Ballydarragh 3m ire ptp gs in Dec, 10 ran.
Boondooma (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Soon led, headed approaching 3 out, 3rd after 2 out and soon no impression, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 13l behind Rolly Baby (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Chief Admiral (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Towards rear, went moderate 5th entering straight, kept on one pace without threatening, 4th of 13, 21l behind Byerley Babe (11-2) at Thurles 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Hawkins Street (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 8th of 9, 25l behind High Way Hunter (10-11) at Sligo 3m mdn hdl hvy in Aug.
Operating (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd and ridden after 2 out, no impression before last, stayed on closing stages, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Anonis (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Steel Knight (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd from 4th, weakened 4 out, completely tailed off, 20th of 22, well behind Un De Sceaux (11-11) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Doctor Jim (IRE) 50-1 (11-3) Mid-division, 10th halfway, 8th 3 out, no threat in straight, 7th of 18, 43l behind Rolly Baby (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Grey Monk (IRE) 4-5fav (11-4) Led, joined 3 out, ridden and headed next, no impression on winner at last, kept on again inside final furlong, 2nd of 15, 2l behind Balnagon Boy (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Oscar Vespasian (IRE) 50-1 (11-10) Mid-division, collided with rail 3rd, soon towards rear, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 16th of 20, well behind Legal Exit (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, ridden in 4th from next, regained 3rd run-in, 3rd of 13, 8l behind Mala Beach (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Upazo (FR) 6-5 (11-10) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden entering straight, no extra before last, 7th of 13, 15l behind Born In Fire (11-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Mary's The Boss (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Prominent, led 5th, slight mistake and headed 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 13, well behind Claudia Augusta (10-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Mireya (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Held up, 6th halfway, pushed along in 5th 2f out, ridden in 4th over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, ran on to lead last 50 yards, won at Galway 2m 2f N H flat sft in Sep beating Who's Cross (11-10) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.