UPSIE was unbeaten in her first five starts but hasn't done as well as expected when stepped into Grade 3 company over today's trip. She gets another chance to shine in this lesser class and should return to winning ways. Her stablemate Urticaire, a prolific winner in minor company in France, easily landed a Navan maiden on her debut for Willie Mullins but found Grade 3 company and an extra half mile beyond her at Leopardstown. Layla Joan was hardly out of a canter to beat the useful Fine Rightly at Ayr and will relish the testing ground better than most. Burn And Turn began her chasing career in April and did very well. That's where her future lies and she has a long absence to overcome. Kates Benefit has also been chasing without much success and has a bit to find on her return to hurdling.
Layla Joan (IRE) 5-4fav (11-11) In touch in 4th, went 2nd from 4 out, led on bit 3 out, clear after last, won at Ayr 2m 5f nov hdl (4) hvy beating Fine Rightly (11-8) by 6l, 6 ran.
Upsie (FR) 11-4 (10-13) Soon chased leaders, slight mistake 3 out, closer in 3rd next, no extra approaching last, 4th of 6, 21l behind Rule The World (11-8) at Naas 2m 3f hdl Gr3 (1) sft in Jan.
Ballinahow Lady (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Prominent, mistake 6 out and next, soon no extra, tailed off, 21st of 28, well behind Rockyaboya (10-3) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 sft in Dec.
Burn And Turn (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in close 2nd 3 out, challenged next, soon slightly hampered, every chance last, kept on run-in, 2nd and no extra closing stages, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Spring Heeled (11-5) at Killarney 2m 4f nov chs gd in Aug.
Kates Benefit (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and slight mistake 2 out, soon challenged, headed before last, no extra in 4th last, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 8l behind Byerley Babe (11-0) at Thurles 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.
Nouveau Moulin (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Chased clear leader, closer halfway and 8th 4 out, no extra from early straight, weakened, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Tudor Fashion (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares mdn hdl in Jan.
Urticaire (FR) 11-4 (10-13) Held up, 5th halfway, progress into 4th 2 out, ridden into 3rd briefly entering straight, no extra before last, 5th of 7, 18l behind Theatre Bird (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hdl G3 (1) sft in Dec.