mid-division early, good jump 1st and chased leaders, slight mistake 2nd, 3rd halfway, improved into 2nd 4 out, ridden in 4th entering straight, no impression in 5th 2 out, left moderate 4th before last, kept on one pace
ASTHURIA finished runner-up in a big field on heavy ground at Enghien in February and, though the form has worked out poorly, she'll be tuned up for this and looks to have more potential than most of these. Commeragh Trix landed a bumper on heavy ground here last month and though unable to cope with Myztique on her hurdling bow here later it will be a surprise if she's not in the frame again. Winning point-to-pointer Ballybrowney Ella has been progressing nicely over timber and has a better chance of staying the trip than most while Jodies Miss will be better for last month's hurdling debut where she led for a long way. Side Saddle looks a big threat as she was nowhere near her best in a Punchestown bumper on New Year's Eve after an excellent second to Whistle Dixie over timber at Navan. Hurdling newcomer Seeking Susan looks best of the remainder.
Bell Of The Ball (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Mid-division best, ridden and no impression 3 out, 14th of 20, dist behind Conright Boy (11-4) at Down Royal 2m mdn hvy in Dec.
Danali (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, slight mistake 4 out, pushed along in 3rd next, soon lost place and no extra in straight, 7th of 18, 33l behind Monbeg Rose (10-13) at Thurles 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Dec.
Commeragh Trix (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Close up, soon disputed, a little keen, slight mistake 2nd, dropped to 4th after 4 out, 3rd approaching straight, slightly impeded 2 out, soon under pressure to chase winner, not fluent last, one pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 7 1/2l behind Myztique (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hvy in Jan.
All In The Head (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 3f out, soon no impression, 5th of 21, 19l behind Gold Doubloons (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hvy in Dec.
Ballybrowney Ella (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, under pressure early straight, 5th 2 out, 3rd and kept on without troubling 1st 2 run-in, 3rd of 16, 5l behind Marygale Bridge (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hvy in Dec.
Belle Fortune (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 11th entering straight, kept on one paced, 6th of 21, 35l behind Gold Doubloons (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hvy in Dec.
Berinice (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Towards rear, 12th from 4th, slightly impeded 7th, pushed along and switched left approaching 3 out, soon no impression, weakened, tailed off, 9th of 14, dist behind Whistle Dixie (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hvy in Dec.
Caballo Sin Nombre (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Pushed along early, prominent, mistake 1st and reminder, not jump well, no extra from 3 out, 14th of 18, dist behind Champoleon (11-12) at Punchestown 3m mdn gd in May.
Calibre Style 100-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 9th halfway, no extra after 3 out, weakened, 9th of 13, dist behind Jetstream Jack (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hvy in Nov.
De Bennette (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Ch ldr in 2nd, ld str, kow run-in, won at Corbeagh House 3m mdn hvy in Nov beating Hillview Chloe (11-10) by 6l, 8 ran.
Jodies Miss (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Led, headed into straight, dropped to 4th 2 out, one pace after, 5th of 16, 17 1/4l behind Marygale Bridge (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hvy in Dec.
Seeking Susan (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th 6f out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on winner 2f out, disputing moderate 2nd inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 21, 3 1/2l behind Gold Doubloons (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hvy in Dec.
Side Saddle (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, close 3rd 6f out, ridden 4f out, soon weakened, eased from 2f out, 12th of 21, dist behind Gold Doubloons (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hvy in Dec.
Vita Nuova (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, no impression straight, soon no extra, 9th of 16, dist behind Marygale Bridge (11-7) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hvy in Dec.
One Can Cally (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 8th 3f out, no impression, 9th of 21, dist behind Gold Doubloons (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hvy in Dec.
Xtra Generous (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Led, headed 6f out, ridden and weakened 5f out, completely tailed off, 14th of 16, dist behind Avellino (11-4) at Down Royal 2m hvy in Dec.
Asthuria (FR) (10-3) 2nd of 20, 4l behind Brishkille (10-10) at Enghien 2m 1f gs in Feb.