Bryan Cooper has been making a name for himself this season and steered O Fortuna to victory over a big field of maidens at Punchestown last month. He should go well on this better ground but the concession of 8lb to ALWAYSTHEOPTIMIST may prove too much for him. The eight-year-old was having only his eighth start over timber when comfortably accounting for a strong field in a Punchestown handicap early last month and though beaten by Whatsabillion at Thurles later it was another very good performance. Grove Dale looks a big threat if able to repeat his latest run behind Cantrell in a huge field at Naas. Paul Rothwell's charge is on the upgrade and at the right end of the handicap. Our Nana Rose has completely lost her form but is tried in blinkers for the first time and is just the type to go well for the excellent Danny Mullins.
Carpenter (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 5th 3 out, 3rd 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 11l behind Gaelic Grounds (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Oct.
O Fortuna (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 5th, progress into 3rd 2 out, challenged straight, led narrowly last, stayed on well under pressure, just held on, won at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb beating Fever Pitch (11-3) by hd, 21 ran.
Duroob 33-1 (11-1) Always behind, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Turner Brown (11-2) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Feb, 21 ran.
Hidden Crack 7-2 (10-8) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, driven along in 5th after 3 out, soon no extra, 6th of 13, 26l behind Wicklow Lad (9-8) at Navan 3m nov chs sft.
Quartetto (GER) 14-1 (11-7) Mid-division on outer, good headway into 5th 5 out, 2nd next, mistake 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, 14th of 25, 26l behind False Messenger (11-1) at Naas 3m hcp hdl 80-109.
Alwaystheoptimist 4-1fav (11-3) Always prominent, led and disputed from 4 out, headed and ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 9l behind Whatsabillion (10-12) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Feb.
Ferry Point (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 6th approaching 6 out, 5th before 3 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 14l behind Muzak (10-6) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Indubitably 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, lost place when slight mistake 5 out, moderate 5th and no impression approaching straight, 5th of 10, 13l behind Steele's Rock (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Carlowsantana (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden in 12th and no impression before straight, weakened, 15th of 20, 49l behind The Buck (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
Our Nana Rose (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 9th of 16, 32l behind Stowaway Pearl (10-0) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Feb.
Redera (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, 11th halfway, kept on same pace from before 2 out, 9th of 21, 28l behind Hidden Universe (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Whatever Jacksays (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, tailed off, 18th of 20, well behind The Buck (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
Cnoc An Einn (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Mistake 1st, mid-division, 6th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 7th of 16, 23l behind Muzak (10-6) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Soldier Bay 16-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, fell 4 out, in a race won by The Buck (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy, 20 ran.
Cuchullain (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, last of 6, well behind Alaivan (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo lst hdl sft in Nov.
Ten Bob (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Mid-division, 9th after 4 out, no impression from 2 out, kept on same pace, 7th of 22, 9l behind Noel Browne (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Garamor Boy (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Close up, weakened from before 3 out, 13th of 16, well behind Last Time D'albain (11-0) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-102.
Rassi Maguire (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden in 13th and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 12th of 20, 31l behind The Buck (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
Tipolino (GER) 6-1 (11-12) Prominent, 3rd halfway, close up 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Tilly Ann (10-9) at Downpatrick 2m 5f beg chs in Dec '09.
Ballintemple Star (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Rear of mid-division, progress into 6th approaching 3 out, no impression from next, eased from last, 7th of 15, 18l behind Byeforthepresent (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 5f 4yo mdn stks gd in May.
Rickardstown (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, 14th of 18, 27l behind Tawaagg (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f beg chase hvy in Feb.
Tipper Road (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Soon mid-division, 8th before 6 out, no impression after 3 out, 9th of 16, 41l behind Muzak (10-6) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Feel Good Factor 20-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened from before 4 out, last of 16, well behind Muzak (10-6) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Golden Flight (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra before 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 13, 13l behind City Hustler (11-6) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug.
Grove Dale (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Rear of mid-division, 15th 4 out, headway on outer and wandered about before 2 out, went 3rd before last, ridden and kept on well without reaching winner, 2nd of 25, 2 1/2l behind Cantrell (10-12) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-95.
Rocklet (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, kept on same pace from before straight, 9th of 20, 30l behind Betty Is A Lady (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Abbey Glen (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on in straight without troubling leaders, 8th of 23, 40l behind Arctic Mick (9-11) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Feb.
Chrystal Vision (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Soon mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden before 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 32l behind Accordion To Paddy (10-7) at Down Royal 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Feb.
Street Hawk (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, eased when beaten after 3 out, 16th of 18, well behind Big Game Hunter (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Sep.
Whitehead Lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden into moderate 8th 2 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 7th of 20, 31l behind Rigidity (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Feb.