BENEFICIAL SPIRIT won over fences here early last month before running very well behind the leniently treated Tennis Cap over the course and distance a couple of weeks later. A repeat of those efforts should see her home with her young rider's claim a major bonus. Mallowney looks a big threat as he ran a cracking race in the Boylesports at Leopardstown last month where he led into the straight and only succumbed after a bad mistake at the last. Runner-up that day was Rocky Wednesday but he was a long way behind the selection subsequently and a record of 1-20 over timber isn't inspiring. Enchanted Forest is still a maiden after 23 career starts while the useful Quietly Fancied is better over much further.
Quietly Fancied (IRE) 11-2 (10-7) Soon chased leaders, disputed 4th, led from 6th, ridden and challenged entering straight, joined last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl sft in Nov beating Harold's Cross (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Queiros Bleu (FR) 11-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden into 10th on inner entering straight, no impression before last, kept on one pace, 8th of 17, 12l behind Cairdin (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Dec.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outer, 12th 2 out, no threat in straight, 13th of 24, 16l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft.
Rory Anna (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Mid-division on outer, 10th 2 out, soon no extra, 16th of 24, 17l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft.
Dul Ar An Ol (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression on winner early straight, no extra run-in, 7th of 24, 8l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft.
Mallowney (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Prominent, led 4 out, headed after next, ridden in 3rd from 2 out, under pressure when bad mistake at last, no extra run-in, 7th of 28, 11l behind Abbey Lane (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 hvy in Jan.
Enchanted Forest (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, went 3rd 3 out but soon driven along and no impression in 5th after next, kept on one pace, 4th of 18, 19l behind Rolly Baby (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Beir Bua (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Never a factor, trailing when pulled up before last, in a race won by Lough Roe Lady (11-2) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-116 in Nov, 16 ran.
Beneficial Spirit (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Chased leader in 5th, 6th entering straight and ridden after 2 out, went 3rd at last and kept on same pace into 2nd run-in, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Tennis Cap (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl hvy in Jan.
Pacelli Road (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, ridden and no impression from next, moderate 5th when bad mistake 2 out, weakened, 8th of 15, 50l behind Balnagon Boy (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy.