John Berry holds a strong hand here with Pretty Happy and Rather Curious. The former has returned from a spell over fences in good form though he's done better over the minimum trip while the latter will love the testing ground and isn't badly treated. High Class Show attracted major support on his handicap debut here in December but ran poorly while Saddlenomore hasn't been done any favours for her handicap debut. STRANGE ENCOUNTER has a C&D victory to his credit and battled to victory at Navan in December. He's shown nothing in three subsequent starts but this won't take much winning and he can bounce back.
Saddlenomore (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Prominent, 4th halfway, headway to lead briefly 2 out, dropped to 3rd entering straight and soon no chance with easy winner, kept on one pace, 3rd of 20, 23l behind Charlie's Vic (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Strange Encounter (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Waited with, closer in 9th after 3 out, no impression from before straight, 11th of 18, 26l behind Letterlee Star (10-8) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Pretty Happy (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Soon tracked leaders, travelling well in close 5th before straight, 3rd before 2 out, soon challenged and on terms, kept on well without quite matching winner run-in, 2nd of 9, hd behind Knockmehill Lady (10-7) at Clonmel 2m mare hcp hdl 8Evens16 sft.
Wings Of A Star (GER) 12-1 (11-5) Mid-division on inner, 8th halfway, no extra 4 out, weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by That'll Do Me (11-2) at Thurles 2m 6f cond hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov, 16 ran.
Cill Airne (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Close up and led early, no extra from 3 out, 7th of 18, 17l behind Primroseandblue (11-12) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft.
High Class Show (IRE) 5-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, not always entirely fluent in jumping, pushed along in 3rd 4 out, soon struggling, moderate 4th approaching straight, kept on into poor 3rd near finish, 3rd of 6, 20l behind Dog Barrel Hill (11-12) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Swift Lady (IRE) 28-1 (10-8) Towards rear, kept on without threatening from before straight, 7th of 18, 15l behind Letterlee Star (10-8) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Toomdeely (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Soon led, jumped left 6 out, headed before next, 3rd approaching straight, soon no extra, 5th of 9, 19l behind Sumkindasuprstar (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-123 sft in Feb.
Slim To None (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, moderate 7th approaching 3 out, kept on same pace without threatening straight, 5th of 10, 14l behind Snow Spell (11-3) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Feb.
Rather Curious (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 6th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 5th of 18, 19l behind A Fine Young Man (11-12) at Naas 3m mdn hdl.
Lion Valley (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Alw pr, rcd 2nd from 3out but no impress from 2out, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Cherrys Son (12-0) at Belclare 3m ire ptp sft.
Grove Kid (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 41l behind Competitive Edge (11-3) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Dosco's Dream (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Rear of mid-division, some headway approaching straight, kept on one pace from 2 out without troubling leaders, 5th of 16, 10l behind Knockmehill Lady (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Feb.
Pasou (FR) 100-1 (11-12) Always behind, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Harpsy Cord (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase sft in Feb, 18 ran.
Close Comet (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, headway to lead 5th, ridden and headed 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Really Unique (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Nov.
Denver John (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 11th of 22, 29l behind Volkis O'Blue (11-3) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Feb.
Imaculate Rose (IRE) 100-1 (10-4) A little unruly in the parade ring, soon prominent, on terms 6th, 3rd approaching straight, soon no extra, 11th of 15, 31l behind Dangan Daylight (10-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Locky (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leader until mistake and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Out Now (11-12) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs gd in May, 13 ran.
Bluebell Princess (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Prominent, slow jump 5 out, not fluent 3 out, on terms before straight, soon led, headed and no extra from 2 out, dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 9, 8l behind Knockmehill Lady (10-7) at Clonmel 2m mare hcp hdl 8Evens16 sft.