Dressedtothenines was placed in two Grade 2s in the spring and looks certain to do well this season, though her long absence may count against her here. Burn And Turn had been going well before finding Grade 3 company too much at Punchestown and this looks just as tough. Dream Function did well for Philip Hobbs but was fortunate to make a winning debut over fences at Clonmel and quickly reverts to hurdling. Willie Mullins complicates matters by saddling both ZUZKA and Glens Melody and though preference is just for the former it would be no shock to see the four-year-old gain the fifth win of her career from just six starts. However, the selection's close third to Jezki in the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse was given a massive boost by the winner here on Thursday and she has to be the one to beat.
Mae's Choice (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Chased leaders early, soon held up towards rear, ridden 6 out, soon no extra, 4th of 8, 24l behind Great Oak (11-1) at Cork 2m 1f mares nov chs Grade 3 (1) sft.
Zuzka (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Held up in 5th, went moderate 4th before 2 out, soon ridden, went 3rd before last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Jezki (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft.
Back In A Tic (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Soon mid-division, not fluent 5 out, no extra next, 12th of 15, 46l behind Come To The Party (10-1) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Nov.
Burn And Turn (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along and not fluent 3 out, no chance with winner after next and moderate 4th at last, 4th of 8, 30l behind Tarla (10-13) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) hvy in Oct.
Dream Function (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Chased leader in 2nd, no impression approaching straight, moderate 2nd when left clear in front last, kept on run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 3f beg chs beating Mazuri Cowboy (11-7) by 12l, 15 ran.
Bobbina (IRE) 2-1fav (10-13) Soon disputed lead, slightly slow jump 4th and headed, 2nd after until in front again after 3 out, clear after next, stayed on well, easily, won at Downpatrick 2m 5f mdn hdl gd in Sep beating Cool Annie (10-6) by 7l, 11 ran.
Dressedtothenines (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, closer in 4th 4 out, close up going well from before next, niggled along into straight and just in front 2 out, soon headed, no impression and kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Shadow Eile (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+) (1) gd in Apr.
Eyesontheprize (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 14th of 19, well behind Roi Du Mee (9-13) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl hvy.
Somedaysomehow (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, close up with every chance 2 out until soon hung left, dropped to 3rd and no extra approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Tasitiocht (11-7) at Wexford 2m mrs nov hdl.
Thynetocatcher (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) (poor visibility) tracked leader in 2nd, ridden from 3 out, weakened from next, 5th of 7, 13l behind Busty Brown (11-3) at Navan 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Nov.
Glens Melody (IRE) 1-8fav (11-3) Tracked leader, 2nd from halfway, smooth headway to lead 2 out and drew clear run-in, easily, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl beating Moyas Charm (10-8) by 7l, 15 ran.