Luddenmore is definitely the form pick but hasn't been seen since this meeting a year ago. The betting should tell us if he's ready but the race-fit KASHLINE looks the safer option. A dual winning point-to-pointer, he's performed with credit on both starts over timber and this looks his turn. Castlerock Rose has shown a bit of promise and her allowance will help but winning bumper Tidy Zag has run poorly on all starts over timber.
Explosive Issues (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 15, well behind Ballycasey (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f Amateur Maiden Hurdle (4yo+).
Kashline (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, 4th 3 out and ridden to challenge next, no impression under pressure approaching last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Dante Anna (10-12) at Gowran Park 3m mdn hdl sft.
Luddenmore (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Raced in last of the 4, pushed along 4 out, no extra from before straight, last of 4, 22l behind Trifolium (11-3) at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Dec '11.
Tidy Zag (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden and no impression in 6th after 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 36l behind Ontheground (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gd in Oct.
Valentino's Choice (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Twrds rr, mstk 5th, prog in 4th on inner 6out, wknd bef 4out & no impr in fair 7th aftr 4out, ko onepcd, 7th of 11, 39l behind Mr Trilby (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Vicsaflia (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden after 3 out and no extra in 6th next, 6th of 7, well behind Inish Island (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Castlerock Rose (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, some headway into 10th 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 20, 27l behind Tipped Up Harry (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Gortmore Express (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, no impression in 7th after 3 out, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 11, 39l behind Backinthere (10-13) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Indelible Run (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden entering straight and soon no extra, 16th of 19, well behind Millie Le Bach (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 2f mrs N H flat gf in May.