Katie Walsh rode the winner for Willie Mullins last year and is on board the stable's newcomer Bluemountainbeach this time and the half-sister to Blackstairmountain is one for the short-list. The champion trainer also runs ROBINA MAI, beaten on her debut at Wexford but looking in need of the experience that day. She'll know much more this time and is handed the vote though there are plenty of dangers including Catimini, who made a winning start on testing ground at Wexford in December. Storm Away made a good impression when landing a Tramore bumper a couple of weeks ago and has to be respected along with Table Tips, who is reunited with Derek O'Connor after her victory in a point-to-point at Lemonfield.
Carrigmore Katie (IRE) Old Vic mare out of American Jennie.
Catimini (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Waited with, headway from before halfway, soon tracked leaders, 3rd approaching 3f out, challenged in 2nd approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong and held on at the finish, won at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat in Dec beating Myblueeyedgirl (10-13) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
County Champions (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, progress final mile, 5th over 4f out, travelling well straight, led over 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, won at Cork 2m 3f N H flat in Mar beating Champagne Rian (11-7) by 7l, 15 ran.
Evening Light (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway into 9th entering straight, ridden into 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 16, 8l behind Nathans Pride (11-11) at Thurles 2m NH flat gd.
Golan Native (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Towards rear for most, 15th 4f out, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 11th of 16, 16l behind Nathans Pride (11-11) at Thurles 2m NH flat gd.
Miss Knowall (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Mid-division best, a bit slow 5th, moderate 7th and no extra from before straight, 8th of 10, 33l behind Royal Flight (10-5) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Feb.
Robina Mai (IRE) 9-4fav (11-8) Mid-division, headway into 6th 4f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 2nd over 1f out, kept on without reaching winner, 2nd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Young Ambition (11-1) at Wexford 2m 4f mares n h flat hvy in Mar.
Scarlet Feather 33-1 (10-9) Mid-division, no impression from 4f out, 11th of 17, 31l behind Outlander (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo nhf sft in Dec.
The Cookie Jar (IRE) Alderbrook mare out of Garrylough.
Thegirlonthehill (IRE) Oscar mare out of Mrs Wallensky.
Tropical Three (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Waited with, 6th before straight, soon no impression, kept on without threatening, 4th of 8, 13l behind Glens Melody (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Novice Hurdle (5-7yo) sft in Feb.
Whisper Rock (IRE) Presenting mare out of Loch Na Mona.
Bluemountainbeach (IRE) Diamond Green filly out of Sixhills.
Crofton Trail (IRE) Heron Island filly out of Raishah.
Lipinski (IRE) 20-1 (10-2) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 16th of 20, 45l behind Sitcom (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Miss Coley (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and dropped to rear 4f out, moderate 7th 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 12l behind The Game Changer (11-2) at Cork 2m N H flat hvy in Mar.
Rhinestone Cowgirl (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Mid div best, 5th aftr a mile, dropped last aftr 4out, to when pu bef last, in a race won by Teresa Lisbon (11-7) at Inch 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 9 ran.
Rock's Field (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Always towards rear, 17th of 20, 49l behind Sitcom (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Mar.
Ross Kitty (IRE) Scorpion filly out of Kitty True.
Storm Away (IRE) 9-1 (10-6) (very poor visibility) settled in mid-division, 8th halfway, headway to join issue 3f out and led 2f out, driven out and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Tramore 2m mrs N H flat beating Fromdollarstoeuros (10-6) by 1l, 15 ran.
Table Tips (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Mid-division, progress into 5th entering straight, ridden in 5th 2f out, 4th and wandered left under pressure inside final furlong, soon dropped to 4th, 4th of 17, 6l behind On Blueberry Hill (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m nhf.