MISS XIAN, three times a winner over hurdles, showed the benefit of her opening run over fences at Navan with a much better effort behind Kates Benefit at Gowran and can make enough progress to take this. Rory Anna did well to finish third to Domination here last month with Drawn N Drank, who runs in the previous race, just in front. Some Benefit was a 50/1 chance when runner-up to Way Up In The Air at Thurles but there appeared no fluke about the run and would be a major threat if in the same kind of form. Robert Tyner has had an outstanding campaign and it would be no shock if Belclare point-to-point winner Dream N were to go well.
Dranagold (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, left moderate 5th 3 out, no impression, 5th of 14, 35l behind Back Off Mate (11-11) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs in Oct.
Dream N (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Rcd 2nd, lft ld 3out, ro best, won at Belclare 3m ire ptp in Mar beating Murphys Filly (11-1) by 3l, 7 ran.
Miss Xian (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Towards rear, never a factor, went moderate 6th approaching straight, kept on one pace from 2 out, 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Kates Benefit (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mrs beg chs hvy in Mar.
Rory Anna (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, ridden to go 3rd before straight, no impression from before last where left 2nd, soon one pace in 3rd, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Domination (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase hvy in Mar.
Shaunas Dream (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Led briefly early, not fluent 1st, chased leaders, 6th approaching 6 out, no extra from 3 out, weakened, tailed off, 9th of 17, well behind Feenakilmeedy (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f mares mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Some Benefit (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, progress into 8th 6 out, closer in 5th 4 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on winner 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 9l behind Way Up In The Air (11-7) at Thurles 2m 2f mrs beg chs hvy in Feb.
Tudor Fashion (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Chased leaders early, dropped towards rear from 3rd, no danger 3 out, 7th of 13, well behind Cheap As Chips (9-9) at Clonmel 2m in Mar.
Tukawhile (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from before 4 out, 7th of 18, well behind Knock Beauty (10-9) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Feb.