SPECKLED WOOD has run twice over this track and trip and her latest effort behind the very promising Unika La Reconce bodes well for her chances here. That was an improvement on her earlier run and with further progress likely she looks the one to beat. Ma Belle Amie has done better over longer trips though she had little chance in a Grade 3 over 3m at Limerick last time. This is more her class and she should get into the mix. New River, a decent maiden on the Flat for Richard Hannon, attempted to make all here last month but was headed at halfway and could only stay on at one pace. She's the type to improve and should do better than stablemate Claudia Augusta, who was well behind the selection in December.
Claudia Augusta (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, no extra early straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 17l behind Stop The Clock (10-11) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl in Jan.
Jacks Sky (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Mid-division, no extra and pulled up 5f out, in a race won by Girl In Blue (11-2) at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Mimosa Star (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders until 7th, 7th of 15, well behind Boyfromnowhere (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in Sep.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Waited with, 9th 5 out, no impression from before straight, 7th of 12, 37l behind Carsonstown Bridge (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Oscar Town (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, behind from 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Annie Power (11-2) at Clonmel 2m hdl hvy.
Pippa Rose (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Prominent, on terms halfway, soon 2nd, weakened over 5f out, 11th of 12, well behind Shotgun Paddy (11-6) at Thurles 2m N H flat in Feb '12.
Southern Squaw (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Towards rear, ridden in 8th 4f out and no extra entering straight, weakened, 10th of 12, well behind Our Pollyanna (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f mrs N H flat hvy in Dec.
Sweetheart Susan (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 12th of 20, 33l behind Terminal (11-8) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Jan '12.
Tudor Fashion (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 10th of 22, 46l behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Zara (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Led and clear at stages, tended to race towards outer, headed before straight, soon no extra, 8th of 15, 25l behind Whatdreamsrmadeof (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Jan.
Amhrann Ellen (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Soon behind, ridden from 5th, soon no extra and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Swampfire (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl sft in Aug, 13 ran.
Garron Crest (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Always behind, 10th of 13, well behind Annie Oakley (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Kiltipford Lady (IRE) Beneficial mare out of Whatdoicare.
Ma Belle Amie 22-1 (10-2) Waited with last of the 5, niggled from 6 out, soon 4th, left 3rd 4 out, quickly behind, 3rd of 5, well behind Our Vinnie (11-6) at Limerick 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec.
New River (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Prominent and led early, headed 3rd, 4th when mistake 3 out and soon ridden along, no extra approaching last where left moderate 3rd, kept on one pace, 3rd of 18, 22l behind Kilmainham (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.
Sister Annie (IRE) Beneficial mare out of Aunt Annie.
Speckled Wood (IRE) 10-3 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 3 out, no impression on winner approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 12l behind Unika La Reconce (10-13) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Vergalda (IRE) Presenting mare out of Lady Rushmore.
Teochew (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Prominent, 3rd 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 12l behind Que Pasa (10-11) at Cork 2m mares n h flat 4yo in Nov.
Glen Beg (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Prominent, on terms from over 3f out, no extra 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 16l behind Golden Plan (11-7) at Tramore 2m ldy N H flat hvy in Dec.
Unbreakablespirit (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, no extra approaching straight, slipped up under 2f out, in a race won by Girl In Blue (11-2) at Limerick 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Dec, 16 ran.