A very strong line-up with all nine having won at least once. LORD WINDERMERE is doubly penalised but looked a class act when beating Dylan Ross and today's rival Ballysteen at Punchestown before finding 2m2f in Grade 1 company at Leopardstown just too much for him. He can get back on the winning trail, though the four-year-old Ballynacree made a big impression when easily landing a maiden at Gowran and the allowance will help while Maller Tree and Mickelson are both capable of big runs.
Lord Windermere (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd briefly entering straight but soon no impresssion on winner, no extra in 4th from before last, 4th of 7, 8l behind Benefficient (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Feb.
Ballysteen (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, close 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no extra from next, dropped to 5th near line, 5th of 11, 11l behind Abou Ben (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl hvy in Feb.
Inis Meain (USA) 5-2 (11-4) Always prominent, on terms 4th, in front before 6 out and soon clear, reduced 3 out, went on again before straight, bad mistake 2 out, stayed on well, very easily, won at Thurles 2m 5yo mdn hdl in Feb beating Charming Ways (10-4) by 11l, 12 ran.
Leave Him Alone (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Always behind, ridden and no extra approaching 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Dooney Rock (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl in Jan.
Maller Tree 9-10fav (11-10) Chased leaders, good progress on inner approaching straight, soon 2nd, pushed along to challenge and on terms from 3 out, stayed on best under pressure to take control closing stages, won at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl in Feb beating Beef To The Heels (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Mickelson (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Made all, ridden and kept on well from before last, won at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl in Jan beating Caolaneoin (11-12) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Mr Sykes (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, clear of remainder, keen hold and led 4th, soon clear alone, stayed on well from before straight, eased closing stages, unchallenged, won at Listowel 2m mdn hdl gd in Jun beating Rebel Fitz (11-12) by 6l, 15 ran.
Tell Dawstown (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders, 4th for much, no extra approaching straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 17l behind Tillahow (11-1) at Limerick 2m 3f hdl hvy in Dec.
Ballynacree (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, 10th 2 out, smooth headway on outer to go 3rd at last, soon led and quickened clear, unextended, won at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Feb beating Enchanted Forest (11-0) by 6l, 17 ran.