Our Girl Salley is very game and consistent and the fact that she's been runner-up three times over fences against strong opposition will ensure she is a short price here. However, she was beaten almost 12l by MAE'S CHOICE over hurdles at Punchestown in April and it's the latter who gets the vote. She made a bright start over fences at Thurles in November but didn't go quite as well at Cork last month and was given a confidence booster back over hurdles. She should be suited by this extra distance and holds Carrig Millie on that run at Thurles. A Country Girl has always threatened to do better and chasing could be her game so she's one to watch for the future.
A Country Girl (IRE) 7-2fav (9-13) Mid-division, progress approaching 4 out where a little slow, soon close up, 4th before 2 out, soon no extra, 8th of 12, 31l behind Hans Crescent (9-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 in Feb.
A Special Lady (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Pr & ld, jnd 3out, went on 2out, ko best, won at Kirkistown 3m ire ptp sft in Nov beating Jenny Make A Penny (11-7) by 3l, 8 ran.
Carrig Millie (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, mistake 3 out and pushed along in 3rd entering straight, no impression from next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Cnoc Seoda (11-2) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Castle Genie (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Settled towards rear, headway into 6th entering straight but no impression approaching last, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 22l behind Cnoc Seoda (11-2) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Charlie's Vic (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, improved into close 2nd 5 out, dropped to 5th 2 out, no extra, 7th of 11, 22l behind Bishopsfurze (11-0) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl in Nov.
Mae's Choice (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, 9th 2 out, ridden into moderate 6th before last, no impression, kept on same pace run-in, 5th of 11, 9l behind Zuzka (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hdl G3 (1) sft in Dec.
Magdoodle (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and no extra 5 out, weakened, 8th of 18, well behind Son Of Moyne (10-2) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Oct.
Our Girl Salley (IRE) 15-8fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, 5th 3 out, progress on outer entering straight, close 4th 2 out, ridden to dispute lead at last, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Avondhu Lady (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp chs sft in Dec.
Robyns Pride (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Close up, mistake and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Oscars Business (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Sweet Maria (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, no impression from 5 out, 7th of 15, 38l behind Rich Revival (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft in Dec.