Kylecrue won at Clonmel and Downpatrick in December and was just beaten over 2m6f here at the end of last month, though was well behind Mini Vic at Tramore in between. Vic Chic has claims on past form and A Decent Excuse won over fences last time and will be staying on when others have cried enough. Another Challenge, third at Fairyhouse after winning at Navan, is another to consider while a return to her favourite track could spark a revival in Missie Ella. BOTHAIR CIEL won over 2m6f here last month before finishing third in a better race at Leopardstown. He has won over 3m between the flags so the step up in distance seems certain to suit and he looks the one to beat with Carrow Queen best of the rest.
Really Unique (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden entering straight, no extra in 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 16, 8l behind Pumbaa (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.
Ibsen (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led and disputed from before 3rd, ridden after 3 out, no extra in 4th entering straight, weakened, 10th of 16, 23l behind Jetson (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy.
Memories Of Milan (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Led, attempted to assert 2 out, headed and no extra from before last, kept on same pace, 6th of 24, 16l behind Gallant Oscar (10-10) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Jan.
Montana Slim (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, not jump well, weakened 3 out, fell last,, in a race won by Playing (10-8) at Limerick 2m 6f hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Another Challenge (IRE) 4-1fav (11-5) Led, slight mistake 5th, challenged entering straight and headed after 2 out, no impression on winner when not fluent last and dropped to 3rd, no extra run-in,, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Off The Charts (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 in Jan.
Kylecrue (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Tracked leader, 2nd from 2nd, led 4 out where jumped left and collided with rival, ridden and challenged approaching last, headed run-in and no impression on winner close home, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Off The Charts (10-11) at Thurles 2m 6f Handicap Hurdle (80-123) (4yo+) in Jan.
Mini Vic (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, slight mistake 6 out, ridden in 8th 4 out, no extra before next and weakened, 9th of 11, well behind Byerley Babe (11-0) at Thurles 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, 3rd halfway, 2nd from 11th and ridden approaching straight, progress to lead last and kept on well run-in,, won at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-109 in Nov beating Baily Dusk (11-0) by 4l, 18 ran.
Bothair Clei (IRE) 11-2 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden into 5th entering straight, stayed on to moderate 3rd last, no impression leaders, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 10l behind Zabana (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Globalized (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, 7th 3 out and no impression early straight, no extra approaching last, 6th of 18, 24l behind Don Poli (11-1) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan.
Vic Chic (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Prominent early, lost place from 2nd and dropped to last at 3rd, trailing 5th, mistake next, ridden 5 out, remote last 2 out, some modest headway before last, went remote 3rd near line, 3rd of 6, 32l behind Vicky De L'oasis (10-7) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl in Oct.
Missie Ella (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Held up, soon towards rear, ridden and no impression before 3 out, 7th of 11, 49l behind Mullaghanoe River (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chase in Jan.
Carrow Queen (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders and led 3rd, ridden and headed after 2 out, 3rd before last and no extra run-in, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Day Dream Boy (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 in Jan.
Paco Jack (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Mid-division on outer, 6th 5 out, ridden in 4th next, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Gold Not Silver (11-1) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy, 13 ran.
Olor (IRE) 12-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, 5th approaching 5 out and pushed along in 4th entering straight, no extra after 2 out, 9th of 16, 24l behind Rightville Boy (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Jan.