KILLCARA BOY was probably a little unfortunate not to score at Clonmel last time after a last-fence error. That was only his fourth start over fences and with normal progress he can defy a 3lb rise in the weights. Yeoman gained his only victory in 18 starts over fences at Galway in October and off just 5lb higher he can make his presence felt though it's Ponmeword who looks the main danger. He's still a maiden after 21 career starts but hasn't been running badly and he looks on a very lenient mark. Ardglen wears blinkers for the first time after a poor effort at Fairyhouse though he found the trip much too far that day and this should be much more to his liking.
Ardglen (IRE) 6-1 (10-4) Mid-division, weakened 6 out, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Murchu (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140 sft, 12 ran.
Annacarton (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Towards rear, mistake 7th, never a factor, ridden in 9th approaching 4 out, left moderate 7th after 3 out, 7th of 16, well behind Saoirse Dun (10-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Nov.
Killcara Boy 10-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, went 3rd 3 out and challenged next, disputed last and kept on under pressure to lead inside final 50 yards, no extra and headed near line, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Fever Pitch (11-8) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116.
Cherrys Son (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, moderate 8th when fell last, remounted, 9th of 15, well behind Dream Function (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 3f beg chs.
Count Salazar (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Always behind, trailing from 4 out, last of 11, well behind Bishopsfurze (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl in Nov.
Itsuptoyou (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Prominent, led from 4th, ridden entering straight, headed before last, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 17l behind Mr Goodenough (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Oct.
Tailors Hill (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 9th halfway, driven along and no extra approaching straight, 8th of 15, 23l behind Ros Brin (11-2) at Clonmel 2m beg chs.
Yeoman (FR) 7-2fav (10-12) Led, headed 5th and dropped to 5th after halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 6th of 8, 20l behind Playing (11-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Ponmeword (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Mid-division on inner, 9th halfway, 8th approaching 4 out and left 5th next, headway to challenge 2 out, ridden and disputed approaching last where headed, no extra run-in and dropped to 4th, 4th of 16, 8l behind Saoirse Dun (10-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Nov.
Under The Spell (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Backinthere (10-13) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Nov, 11 ran.
Hillman (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, 11th early, kept on same pace under pressure from before straight, 6th of 17, 23l behind The Big Boyo (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f beg chase gd in Apr '11.