BACK IN A TIC has undoubtedly been racing in better company and though now looking exposed should appreciate the drop in class and gain his first success over fences. Blazing Sonnett was very consistent over hurdles and it looks like being the same story over fences after two very good performances where he's jumped well. Byerley Babe was in excellent form over hurdles at this time a year ago and will be all the better for her debut run over fences at Naas last month. She should go well while winning point-to-pointer Maple Valley Gold showed her versatility by scoring over hurdles at Downpatrick and should do even better over regulation fences.
Back In A Tic (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd approaching straight, 4th when awkward jump 3 out, soon no impression, 5th of 8, 25l behind Dressedtothenines (10-11) at Cork 2m 1f mares nov chs Grade 3 (1) sft.
Blazing Sonnet (IRE) 9-4 (11-7) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 4 out, 2nd next, ridden in 2nd 2 out, dropped to 3rd and no extra entering straight, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Speckled Wood (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov.
Byerley Babe (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division early, closer in 7th halfway, slight mistake 3 out, ridden in 6th 2 out, no extra before last, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 22l behind Road To Riches (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f beg chs in Nov.
Hill Rock (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along in 5th after 5 out and no extra from 3 out, weakened, tailed off,, 11th of 18, well behind Sterling Stuff (11-0) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 sft.
Ivy Glen (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Chased leaders in 3rd, left 2nd and closer before 4th, dropped to rear 4 out and soon no extra,, 5th of 6, 30l behind Pals Leg (11-5) at Tramore 2m 5f beg chs.
Maple Valley Gold (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to lead before 2 out, headed last, rallied to regain narrow lead run-in, kept on well under pressure close home, won at Downpatrick 2m 5f mdn hdl gd beating Seancill Oir (10-8) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Monks Return (IRE) 7-1 (12-2) Alw in rr, pu 3out, in a race won by Pops Well (12-2) at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gs in Oct, 13 ran.
Shesonlyahorse (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and no extra 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Emily Gray (10-13) at Limerick 2m mares hcp hdl 80-123 sft, 12 ran.
Sligo Publican (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Towards rear, hampered 4 out, soon no impression, 7th of 15, 35l behind Liz's D'estruval (10-11) at Listowel 2m 3f mrs beg chs gd in Jun.
Tukawhile (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, slight mistake 5 out, no threat from 3 out, 9th of 15, well behind Backinthere (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chs in Oct.
Anastasia Elizabet (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Prominent, pushed along and lost place after 7th, soon weakened, tailed off,, 12th of 17, well behind Theatre Bird (10-13) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Fennis Moll (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Led from 2nd, headed 4 out, ridden from next, no impression, 5th of 14, 34l behind Speckled Wood (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov.