BACK OF THE PACK showed a big improvement when sent chasing at the end of last year, winning three times in five starts. Already a winner over timber, Colin Kidd's mare is able to race off a much lower mark back over the smaller obstacles and can take advantage. Ballinahow Lady finished a respectable third in Graded company last time after winning a maiden hurdle at Naas and should figure, while Caffeine Craze looks to have a chance on the back of her recent third at Gowran. Champion Gold may have needed his latest start and his earlier second at Ballinrobe entitles him to consideration.
Ballinahow Lady (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Led, headed from 7th, ridden and no impression on leaders from 3 out, kept on one paced, 3rd of 5, 13l behind Knockfierna (10-12) at Limerick 2m 6f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) in Dec.
Garryowen Star (IRE) 7-1 (10-4) Mid-division best, no threat from 3 out, 8th of 15, well behind Droim Toll (10-4) at Fairyhouse 3m 5f hcp chs 0-140.
Lacarmic (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd 4 out, ridden after 3 out, 5th approaching straight, soon no extra, 8th of 18, 21l behind Belord (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Rory's Pleasure (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no impression in moderate 9th 5 out, weakened, 8th of 15, well behind Jessies Dream (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs gd in Oct.
Aon Sceal (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, 9th of 10, 17l behind William Wordsworth (10-12) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft.
Knockieran (IRE) 33-1 (10-1) Mid-division, 9th approaching halfway, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 22nd of 25, well behind Dolphin Bay (11-2) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Nov.
Spa Waters (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon no extra, 8th of 13, 22l behind Mackeys Forge (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Back Of The Pack (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) In touch, 6th and ridden 5 out, 4th after next, stayed on under pressure from 2 out, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Barker (11-12) at Tramore 2m 5f lst chs (1) hvy.
Lea Lady (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 4th 6 out, ridden and kept on one paced from 4 out, 7th of 17, 37l behind Ardglen (11-1) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.
Shuttle Mills (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, 5th after 4 out, ridden straight, kept on one paced, 6th of 22, 13l behind Revelling (11-0) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Caffeine Craze (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Always prominent, keen hold, on terms 4 out, dropped to 3rd and ridden before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 20, 4l behind Killeenmore (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Champion Gold (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 9th before 6 out, no impression approaching straight, 7th of 17, 29l behind Drive On Jim (10-5) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.
Hoochie Mama (IRE) 6-1 (9-11) Mid-division, moderate 10th 6 out, no extra approaching 4 out, 8th of 15, 30l behind For A Finish (11-12) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 gd in Oct.
Lasquini Du Moulin (FR) 25-1 (10-7) Always behind, mistakes 1st and 2nd, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind Curragh Grey (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 in Dec.
Major Harry (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Led racing keenly, clear from 3rd, reduced advantage before 4 out, ridden and headed entering straight, soon weakened, 10th of 21, 27l behind Arguidos (11-0) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Oct.
The Breathalyser (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, dropped to last halfway, no impression, 14th of 17, well behind Ardglen (11-1) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.
Daneva (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leader, led before 5th, headed 5 out, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, soon no extra and weakened, 9th of 15, 34l behind Persian Gayle (11-6) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl gf in Jul.
Fayre Cross (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, no extra from before 3 out, 15th of 18, well behind Mountain Heather (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Dec.
Undergraduate (IRE) 33-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, pulled up before last, in a race won by Majestic Concorde (11-9) at Leopardstown 3m hcp chs 0-145 hvy in Dec, 28 ran.
Endless Desire (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 7th 3 out, soon ridden, left moderate 4th at last, went moderate 3rd run-in, 3rd of 15, 20l behind Yeoman (10-13) at Clonmel 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Dec.
Manger Hanagment (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up, progress to track leaders 4 out, led before straight, soon joined, headed approaching 2 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 17, 7l behind Drive On Jim (10-5) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.