BLUE FIRE LADY showed nothing in testing conditions during the winter but it was a different matter when she encountered fast going at Downpatrick last month as she ran a cracking race to finish runner-up to Dream Home. She can take this with her low weight while Rathnaskillogue, another who has progressed since conditions turned in his favour and well enough weighted, can provide the main threat. The handicapper looks to have got to Hatton's Wood after raising him 17lbs for two Tramore victories while Money Belt has gone up 2lbs for finishing third to Jack Absolute at Limerick. Kaitlin's Fancy didn't get far at Punchestown last week but her second place there in October points to her chance here.
Hatton's Wood (IRE) 7-2fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, improved into 3rd at 4th, 2nd halfway, led 6 out, headed after 5 out, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind George Travis (10-5) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gd in May.
Chasers Chance (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Prominent and disputed, 3rd halfway, ridden and no extra before 3 out, 9th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 22, 17l behind Larry Luso (11-4) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in May.
Spin Box (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 8th and no extra before 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 30l behind Lilywhitedancer (11-6) at Navan 2m nov chs hvy in Mar.
Spare Change (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, ridden 4 out, dropped to 4th before straight, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 27l behind Oscar Glory (9-13) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs 0-135 gf in May.
Money Belt (IRE) 11-4fav (10-2) Mid-division, 6th and progress 4 out, moderate 5th after 3 out, 4th 2 out, 2nd briefly approaching last, stayed on, 3rd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Jack Absolute (11-4) at Limerick 2m 3f cnd hcp chs sft in Apr.
Model Athlete (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, no impression before 6 out, 10th of 16, well behind Becauseicouldntsee (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f beg chase sft in Feb.
Mr Dominator (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Prominent, 3rd to 4 out, weakened after next, 7th of 11, 26l behind Presenting Massey (11-9) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chase sft in Jan.
Gundagai (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra entering straight, 9th of 17, 31l behind Loosen My Load (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chs gf in May.
Proud As Punch (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, mistakes, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Royal Blood (11-2) at Limerick 3m hcp chs 0-109 gd in May, 16 ran.
Shan Ros (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Always behind, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind Roberto Goldback (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chs sft in Dec.
Kaitlin's Fancy (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Larry Luso (11-4) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in May, 22 ran.
Tobar Isaun (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) in a race won by My Lord Oscar (10-10) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs sft in Dec '08, 15 ran.
Pacific Ocean (ARG) 25-1 (10-9) Soon prominent, 8th 5 out, no impression from before straight, 9th of 15, 28l behind Adajal (11-11) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs 0-102 gd in May.
King's Chase (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, some late headway to 7th last, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 36l behind Hatton's Wood (11-5) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 gf in Apr.
Forsomeonelikeyou (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from before 2 out, bad mistake last, 8th of 15, well behind Bobs Pride (11-12) at Galway 2m 1f beg chs in Aug.
Rathnaskillogue (IRE) 5-1fav (9-13) Chased leaders, 5th 5 out, went 2nd after 3 out, no impression on winner from before last, kept on, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Pallasmore (11-5) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 gf in Apr.
Blue Fire Lady (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) In touch, 5th halfway, 3rd 4 out, 2nd from next, kept on under pressure from 2 out, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Dream Home (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gf in May.
Maristania (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders early, lost place halfway, soon towards rear, 5th of 16, well behind The Corby Glenn (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 in Feb.