KOLUMBUS won the final race on this card a year ago and has run some very good races over hurdles in defeat. He wasn't at his best on heavy ground at Navan earlier this month and it will be a surprise if he's not in the firing-line so gets the vote over Udogo. Joseph O'Brien's charge ran quite well on his hurdling debut at Clonmel in September and has been in winning form on the all-weather at Dundalk over the winter. Soul Kaliber was in front of the selection last time but may have been better suited by the testing ground while Moroval ran a fine race behind Ask Nile over this trip at Clonmel before finding three miles on heavy going beyond him at Thurles. Hidden Charmer looks best of the remainder.
Kolumbus (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Led, slight mistake 2nd, slight mistake 3 out, joined from before next, soon headed and weakened from before last, 6th of 20, 24 1/2l behind Jimmy Breekie (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hvy in Apr.
Romantic (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, mistake 5th, ridden and no impression after 4 out, weakened and completely tailed off, 10th of 13, dist behind Castlegrace Paddy (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Mar.
U S Navy Seal (USA) 11-1 (11-12) Held up, 11th from 5th, closed to chase leaders when slight mistake 2 out and no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 21l behind Kilbarry Cushty (10-11) at Tramore 2m mdn gd in Apr.
Udogo 8-1 (9-1) Prominent, 2nd after 2f, 3rd 3f out, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, dropped to 5th 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Ringside Humour (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Apr.
Ballybryan (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Prominent, led before 2nd, ran freely after 6th, 3rd before 7th where not fluent, dropped to 5th before 2 out, no impression, kept on run-in, 4th of 12, 12l behind Ballyegan Hero (11-12) at Tramore 2m 5f mdn Yielding in Apr.
Big Picture 33-1 (11-4) In rear, some headway but no impression after 3 out, kept on same pace, 9th of 15, 36l behind Kilbarry Cushty (10-11) at Tramore 2m mdn gd in Apr.
Great Khan (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, moderate 3rd 7f out, 5th before straight, soon weakened, 8th of 13, dist behind Minella Fair (12-0) at Limerick 2m 2f Soft - Heavy in Dec.
Hidden Charmer (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Disputed early, headed after 1st, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th after 2 out, no extra before last, 7th of 22, 27 1/4l behind Moulin A Vent (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn sft in Nov.
Johnny Sue (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, progress into 6th after 4 out, ridden in 5th and no impression entering straight, weakened, 5th of 13, dist behind Castlegrace Paddy (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m mdn Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Moroval (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Disputed early, slight mistake 1st, tracked leader, 2nd halfway, pushed along and dropped to 5th 3 out, soon no extra, weakened, tailed off, 7th of 11, dist behind Call The Taxie (11-4) at Thurles 3m mdn hvy in Feb.
Soul Kaliber (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, 2nd from 3rd, pushed along from 3 out and on terms from before next, soon led, headed approaching last, no extra, one pace, 4th of 20, 11 3/4l behind Jimmy Breekie (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hvy in Apr.
Alice's Star (IRE) 66-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, no impression from 5f out, never a factor, last of 11, dist behind Redhotfillypeppers (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 2f sft in Dec.
Carrig Lily (IRE) 100-1 (10-6) Always towards rear, never a factor, reminders in rear after 8th, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 11th of 14, dist behind Bright Tomorrow (11-4) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn Good - Yielding in Jun.
Josie Wing (IRE) 22-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place from 3f out, no extra straight, 10th of 13, 25 1/2l behind Inchiquin High (11-9) at Wexford 2m gd in Jul.
Nineteensixteen (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Very slowly away, remote last throughout, completely tailed off, last of 13, dist behind Kalopsia (9-2) at Tipperary 1m 4f mdn sft in Apr.
Ten Theatre (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, some headway 4f out, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 37 3/4l behind Redhotfillypeppers (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 2f sft in Dec.
Banquet Hill (IRE) 66-1 (11-8) Chased leader in 2nd, dropped towards rear halfway, detached after 4 out, weakened, completely tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Conduct Yourself (11-5) at Tramore 2m mdn gd in Oct.
Lazy Cash (IRE) Daylami M out of Chancy Lass.
Supreme Ambition (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Pr til ro bef 3rd, at Loughanmore 3m mdn gd in Apr.