Kalaroa opened her account over timber at the first time of asking when scoring at Tramore. But VICKY DE L'OASIS won by nine lengths on her hurdling debut at Galway and today's slower ground is no problem so she gets the vote. Eyesontheprize disappointed when dropped in class at Clonmel back in February and Vic Chic was well beaten on her reappearance at Punchestown. The latter has decent claims on the best of last season's form, however, and Mulleady will figure if running up to the same level as her win at Limerick at this time last year.
Mulleady (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Soon towards rear, hampered 6 out, 9th before straight, no extra and pulled up before last, in a race won by The Crafty Butcher (11-2) at Gowran Park 3m , 16 ran.
Vic Chic (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression towards rear approaching 3 out, weakened, 14th of 17, 37l behind Tabhachtach (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gd.
Eyesontheprize (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 2nd 4 out, ridden and dropped to 3rd after next, no impression in 3rd straight, 3rd of 8, 27l behind Annie Power (11-2) at Clonmel 2m hdl hvy in Feb.
Kalaroa (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Led and disputed, ridden in lead before 2 out, kept on well from before last, won at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd beating Artful Artist (11-8) by 1l, 15 ran.
Vicky De L'Oasis (FR) 11-8fav (11-0) Ear-plugs, always prominent going strongly, on terms travelling best into straight, led before last and went clear run-in, very easily, won at Galway 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Sep beating Knightsone (11-4) by 9l, 12 ran.