Scouting Party has been hit with a 10lb rise for winning at Thurles earlier this month and may struggle to give the weight to TALES OF MILAN. Dessie Hughes' charge showed massive improvement when just touched off by Down Under over fences at Leopardstown and can revert to hurdles on an 8lb lower mark. Slaney Conflict ran well behind Mr Shankly at Limerick and will love the testing conditions while Dante Anna has been performing in stronger company after her maiden victory at Gowran in December and is on the short-list.
Scouting Party (GER) 6-1 (11-3) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd 4 out, ridden into 2nd entering straight, challenged 2 out, narrow lead before last, kept on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 gd beating Court Knee (10-12) by 4l, 16 ran.
Tales Of Milan (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden approaching straight and went 4th before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, not reach winner, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Down Under (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 gs in Mar.
Dante Anna (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 5 out, ridden before straight, 4th entering straight, soon no extra and weakened, 7th of 12, 43l behind Acapulco (10-11) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Slaney Conflict (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway into 7th entering straight, travelled well to lead 2 out, ridden and challenged last, headed run-in and no extra, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Mr Shankly (11-2) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Mar.
Western Man (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Fell 1st, in a race won by Forty Foot Tom (11-12) at Thurles 2m 5f beg chase gd, 12 ran.
Ocean Bright (USA) 25-1 (10-13) Led and disputed, 2nd approaching 5 out, 3rd before next, moderate 5th and no extra into straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 27l behind Maccas Lad (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Feb.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, trailing halfway, weakened 6 out, completely tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Peace In The West (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Mar.
Fair Lord (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) In rear, no impression from 3 out, 6th of 9, 37l behind Wise Oscar (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Jan.
Luck Pennie (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Close up and disputed lead, lost place approaching 7th, soon no extra and pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Vics Canvas (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Feb, 9 ran.
Sandeel Bay (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, on terms approaching straight, in front approaching 2 out where bad mistake, soon no extra and kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 13l behind Ard Agus Fada (10-4) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-109.
Red Memo (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden and no extra after 4 out, 9th of 15, 27l behind House Rules (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs sft in Aug.
Day Dream Boy (IRE) 5-1fav (11-7) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, no impression from 3 out, 13th of 15, well behind Mr Shankly (11-2) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Mar.
Cross To Boston (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Soon led, narrowly headed before 6 out, still close 4th when fell 4 out, in a race won by Unoccupied (10-13) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Mar, 12 ran.
Ilongtosee (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Mid-division early, mistake 3rd, soon towards rear, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Scouting Party (11-3) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 gd, 16 ran.
Make It Better (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 9th halfway, no impression before straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 20, 31l behind Tipped Up Harry (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Dec.
Lake Return (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Towards rear, kept on without threatening under pressure from after 4 out, 8th of 17, 11l behind Kirbybroguelantern (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens09 sft in Nov '11.
Ballyreesode (IRE) 28-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th 4 out, no impression 3 out, ridden in moderate 4th before straight, kept on one pace, 3rd last, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 12, 32l behind Pencilhimin (11-12) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Twelve Gold Bars (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 5th approaching 5 out, no extra from before straight, 8th of 12, well behind Dazzlers Day (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in Dec.
Alderimli (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Attempted to make all, clear for much, reduced lead and strongly pressed 2 out, headed before last where not fluent, soon dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Western Man (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Feb.