SO YOUNG has an entry in the Irish Champion Hurdle in a fortnight though his stable have rather stronger representation and he's more likely to go the staying hurdle route. He showed enough pace to score over this trip a year ago and at Thurles last time though he looks certain to find Trifolium a worthy adversary. Charles Bryne's charge made all to beat the useful Plan A comfortably at Limerick and is progressing fast enough to be a major threat in receipt of 5lb. Oilily was a fine novice last season and finished runner-up in a Grade 2 at Aintree when Perfect Smile was around 15l behind her. She didn't look at her best at Leopardstown last month though the 2m4f trip looked too far and she's no forlorn hope.
So Young (FR) 1-8fav (11-12) Made all, asserted approaching last, stayed on well, easily, won at Thurles 2m Lstd hdl hvy in Dec beating Noras Fancy (11-2) by 6l, 4 ran.
Trifolium (FR) 8-11fav (11-3) Made all, going best from before straight, clear approaching 2 out where got in close, stayed on well, easily, won at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy in Dec beating Plan A (11-7) by 9l, 4 ran.
Oilily (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Towards rear, 6th 2 out, ridden and no impression in 5th before last, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 12l behind Our Girl Salley (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hdl G3 (1) gd in Dec.
Perfect Smile (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 2 out, ridden and no extra approaching last, eased when beaten run-in, 6th of 9, 33l behind Blackstairmountain (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 1f nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec.