It's a surprise to see Minella Bliss dropping back so dramatically in trip after his excellent head defeat by Super Daisy over 2m6f here in September. Grove Dale produced his first decent effort in a Thurles handicap last time and should improve as that was only his fifth career start. Cantrell ran a fine race behind William Wordsworth at Naas earlier this month, form that would give him a big chance here, though he's still a maiden over timber after 30 starts. Carrigeen Eile, who was around four lengths back that day, is slightly better off and may turn the tables as she is by far the less experienced of the pair. TAURANGA was having his first start for 15 months when catching the eye behind Ephorus at Limerick last month and, with that under his belt, he's given the nod in a very tricky contest.
Odonimee (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, led after 3 out, soon ridden, headed before 2 out, weakened, 7th of 16, 19l behind Ephorus (11-9) at Limerick 2m 2f Handicap Hurdle (80-102) (3yo+) in Dec.
Green Grenello 50-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, mistake 4th, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd and no impression before 2 out, moderate 5th entering straight, weakened before last, 8th of 14, 37l behind Joe Smooth (11-10) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Spencer's Hill (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Refused to race, in a race won by Tawrific Laois (10-4) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov, 18 ran.
Molko Jack (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, good headway to track leaders after 4 out, no extra from next, 11th of 16, 27l behind Owennacurra Milan (11-8) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Dec.
Take A Shot (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway in 2nd entering straight, led before 2 out, ridden and pressed before last, drifted right run-in, kept on under pressure, won at Down Royal 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens02 sft in Dec '09 beating Posh Bird (11-3) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Barney King (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders early, 10th halfway, ridden and weakened 4 out, 13th of 18, 25l behind Sole Witness (11-7) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Minella Bliss (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd 4 out, led 3 out, headed after 2 out, rallied from last, just failed, 2nd of 30, hd behind Super Daisy (11-4) at Navan 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Fayre Cross (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 8th of 18, 16l behind Ballinahow Lady (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102.
Last Time D'albain (FR) 40-1 (11-4) Towards rear, no impression from 3 out, one pace, 6th of 12, 42l behind Goban Saor (10-11) at Tramore 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Van Wyck 25-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, moderate 5th halfway, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 12th of 17, well behind Cottrelsbooley (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Orange Touch (GER) 10-1 (10-9) Mid-division, progress into 4th 4 out, soon ridden, weakened after next, 13th of 16, 47l behind Ephorus (11-9) at Limerick 2m 2f Handicap Hurdle (80-102) (3yo+) in Dec.
Grove Dale (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Mid-division, dropped towards rear halfway, 7th 2 out, ridden into 5th at last, kept on well under pressure run-in, 3rd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Mr Eko (11-4) at Thurles 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Rua Nua (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Towards rear, some headway approaching straight, moderate 6th 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, well behind Byerley Bear (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Speedlock (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden approaching 4 out, no extra under pressure from 3 out, 7th of 12, 50l behind Wicklow Lad (9-12) at Thurles 2m 2f cond hcp chs 0-109 sft in Nov.
Tequila Lord (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Slowly away and in rear, some headway from 4 out, moderate 7th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 8th of 12, 16l behind Koshere King (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Uncle Taffy (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 14th of 20, 44l behind Silverlord (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Cantrell (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Chased leader in 2nd, closed 3 out, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 3l behind William Wordsworth (10-12) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft.
Carrigeen Eile (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, ridden into 5th 2 out, no extra in 4th before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 8l behind William Wordsworth (10-12) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft.
D I Y Lawyer (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, 7th when mistake 4 out, no extra from before 2 out, 9th of 12, 27l behind Koshere King (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Saddler's Native (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway in 9th 4 out, ridden in 7th 3 out, no extra in 8th 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 20, 14l behind Turner Brown (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy.
Tauranga (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Towards rear, progress into 7th and ridden after 3 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 10l behind Ephorus (11-9) at Limerick 2m 2f Handicap Hurdle (80-102) (3yo+) in Dec.
Turnonthegas (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, moderate 5th halfway, 8th after 3 out, no impression from next, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 16l behind Koshere King (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Accordion To Paddy (IRE) 9-2fav (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, no impression, 5th of 11, 21l behind Emirate Isle (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Great Moss (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division best, pushed along towards rear before 5 out, soon no extra, 12th of 15, well behind Dashing Ruby (10-4) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 8Evens09 sft in Aug '09.
Lookoutnow (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Never better than mid-division, no extra from after 3 out, 9th of 14, well behind King Maker (11-8) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Nov.
Clearly Now (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Led, driven along and strongly pressed after 3 out, headed entering straight, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 15l behind Mr Eko (11-4) at Thurles 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Que On Time (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Chased clear leader, moderate 6th halfway, closer in 4th 4 out, pushed along when hampered next, soon weakened, 13th of 16, well behind Shamiran (11-6) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Saipan (FR) 7-1 (10-0) Held up, ridden in 9th and no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 33l behind Smack That (10-3) at Navan 2m hcp hdl hvy in Dec '08.
Seamies Dream (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden in moderate 5th before straight, soon no impression, 7th of 13, 35l behind Media Baron (10-10) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Dec.
Kitts Delight (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Led, attempted to run out and dropped to rear 2nd, no impression from halfway, 10th of 15, 30l behind Mister Carter (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.