John Kiely and Derek O'Connor are a winning combination so Henry's Girl, who made a very encouraging debut behind subsequent dual hurdles winner Ange Balafre at Roscommon, must be on the shortlist. However, MOLLY CONNORS has to be the pick as though she couldn't handle the top-class Briar Hill here in November the third has won since and the form looks solid. Behana wasn't far behind the useful Shesafoxylady at Punchestown in October but that was on good ground and she didn't handle softer conditions at Cork later. Autumn Shades started odds-on for a point-to-point at Askeaton in February and duly obliged so she's obviously well-regarded while there are several interesting newcomers to keep an eye on with Bell Of The Ball possibly the best of them at this stage.
Autumn Shades (IRE) 4-5 (11-11) Ww twrds rr, 7th 1/2way, prog to disp 5out, 1l led bef 2out, good jump last, kow, won at Askeaton 3m ire ptp hvy in Feb beating Give Her Bach (11-11) by 4l, 8 ran.
Behana (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Held up, 7th halfway, improved to 3rd 6f out, led 5f out, headed under 4f out, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, soon no impression leader, 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 20l behind Princess Leya (10-13) at Cork 2m mares n h flat 4yo sft in Nov.
Brazen Head (IRE) Kayf Tara mare out of Mondeo Rose.
Henry's Girl (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, closer in 8th before straight, progress from over 2f out, ridden to challenge and on terms 1 1/2f out, not match winner and kept on same pace from under 1f out, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Ange Balafre (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf gf in Sep.
Lizzies Way (IRE) Gamut mare out of Five Cents More.
Molly Connors (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders on inner, ridden and went 2nd 3 out, kept on same pace without threatening winner before last, 2nd of 11, 11l behind Briar Hill (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Mount Corkish Girl (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 6th halfway, progress into 3rd 4f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 8th of 11, 26l behind Noble Emperor (11-7) at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Mar.
Orchidsforallison (IRE) Excellent Art mare out of Dolce Ballerino.
Bell Of The Ball (IRE) Bachelor Duke filly out of Grangehill Dancer.
Galilee Star (IRE) Flemensfirth filly out of Glenmoss Tara.
Josephine Marcus (IRE) Flemensfirth filly out of Tart Of Tipp.
Lady Perdu (IRE) Arcadio filly out of Midnight Orchid.
Presavita (IRE) Presenting filly out of Savitha.
Pros 'N' Cons (IRE) Presenting filly out of Cut 'n' Run.
Rathnaleen Girl (IRE) Beneficial filly out of Euro Joy.