Ros Brin went up 10lb for her success at Fairyhouse but that didn't bother her as she scored comfortably here two weeks ago. Another 9lb rise in this tougher event will make things difficult, however, while A Country Girl will find this much harder after her maiden success at Tramore. Snow Spell also landed a maiden last time and faces a stiff task on her handicap debut. CATLEEN was having her 16th start over hurdles when comfortably accounting for Rockers Field at Limerick. She's been raised 9lb but can go in again, though Espresso Lady doesn't look badly treated on her handicap debut and Narima will have come on for her run behind Paco Jack at Punchestown last month.
Oscars Business (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, progress under pressure 3 out, 4th before straight, soon no extra, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Ceol Rua (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mares Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Dazzling Susie (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Waited with towards rear, ridden into moderate 5th and kept on same pace approaching last, 5th of 9, 22l behind Ceol Rua (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mares Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Ros Brin (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, headway to go 2nd entering straight, led last and kept on well run-in, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan beating King Of The Refs (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 20 ran.
Apalachicola (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Soon well off pace in mid-division, moderate 7th 3 out, soon no impression, 8th of 11, 39l behind Madame Mado (11-7) at Wexford 2m 4f Mares Hurdle (5yo+) sft in Oct.
Narima (GER) 14-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, headway into 5th approaching 3 out, led before 2 out, soon strongly pressed and headed approaching last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 18, 7l behind Paco Jack (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Jan.
A Country Girl (IRE) 7-4fav (11-4) Waited with in mid-division, closed from 6th, soon tracking leaders, challenged from before 2 out where a bit slow, soon ridden and almost on terms last, stayed on well run-in to lead closing stages, won at Tramore 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec beating Tellherimnothere (11-7) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Catleen (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Soon prominent, a bit awkward 6th, travelling well in 2nd approaching straight, gained narrow lead 2 out, got in a bit close to last, stayed on well run-in, won at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan beating Rockers Field (10-10) by 2l, 11 ran.
Ocean Bright (USA) 13-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd approaching 3 out, soon ridden and no extra from 2 out, 8th of 18, 34l behind Paco Jack (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 in Jan.
Sugar Bullet (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) In rear when blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Changing Times (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 8Evens16 hvy, 9 ran.
Jeunopse (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, 4th 3 out and went 3rd next, ridden and dropped to 4th before last, no extra run-in, 4th of 13, 7l behind Woodville Lady (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Snow Spell 14-1 (11-5) Always prominent, on terms 4 out, soon led, joined 2 out, in front again last and stayed on well to assert run-in, comfortably, won at Gowran Park 2m mdn hdl sft in Jan beating Primroseandblue (11-12) by 6l, 20 ran.
Espresso Lady (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Prominent, led after 4 out, headed approaching last where dropped to 3rd and no extra, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Ceol Rua (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mares Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Andunowhat (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 4th approaching straight, soon struggling, moderate 3rd and kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 12, 14l behind Oscars Business (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f mares mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Maid Of Malabar (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Chased leaders in moderate 3rd, took closer order 5 out, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, staying on again when fell last, in a race won by Cruising Katie (10-10) at Limerick 2m 3f nov chs gf in Jul '10, 8 ran.
Hot Or What (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Mid-division best, no impression 4 out, 11th of 16, well behind Munsaab (10-11) at Wexford 2m 2f cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft in Oct.
Ut Love (FR) 33-1 (10-11) Towards rear, no danger from 6th, kept on, 6th of 14, well behind A Country Girl (11-4) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Born To Benefit (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, mistake 5 out, no extra when bad mistake 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Oscars Business (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f mares mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Three Monkeys (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Disputed lead, led from 3rd, headed 4 out, weakened entering straight, 10th of 13, 49l behind Baby Whizz (11-12) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Jan.