Bobby John beat a big field in a Cork handicap in March but found fast ground against him at Sligo early this month and can do better. Alwaystheoptimist took advantage of very testing ground to score easily here in February and would have a real chance if the going turned to his advantage but Last Time D'Albain was hit with a 10lb rise after scoring at Clonmel and disappointed at Tramore last time. Giant Sequoia returns after a long break but has the scope to improve this season and is not out of this but the vote goes to WITHOUT THE BOP, who has reverted to hurdling in good form having run an an excellent second to Minella Clonmel at Cork last month and is still 9lb below his chase mark.
Rockazar 22-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression from 3 out, 7th of 15, 19l behind Redera (10-12) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Dumitas (FR) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, 10th of 17, 43l behind Golan Guy (11-4) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf.
April San 28-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, reminder 7th, went 2nd 2 out, ridden when not fluent last, stayed on well to lead towards finish, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f beg chs (5) sft in Nov '09 beating Knockavilla (11-1) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Without The Bop (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Soon chased leaders, close 5th after 4 out, challenged in 2nd from 2 out, every chance and on terms run-in, no extra and kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 20, nk behind Minella Clonmel (11-0) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Apr.
Catch The Moment (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, weakened approaching straight, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Quiet Thought (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f Mares Hurdle (5yo+) in Apr, 17 ran.
Spa Wells (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden before 2 out, no extra in 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, weakened before last, 10th of 18, 34l behind Kalellshan (12-3) at Galway 2m 2f am hcp hdl 88-109 gf in Jul.
Alwaystheoptimist 11-1 (10-12) Led early, prominent, weakened from after 3 out, 15th of 16, well behind Tadhg (11-4) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Apr.
Last Time D'albain (FR) 10-3 (11-3) Mid-division, closed to track leaders from before 4 out, dropped to moderate 5th and no extra from before 2 out, 6th of 16, 28l behind Tadhg (11-4) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Apr.
Captain Declan (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Towards rear, went moderate 8th approaching straight, soon no impression, 8th of 18, 30l behind Moon Dice (11-12) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Tinas Exhibition (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden in 7th entering straight, no extra and weakened, 14th of 16, well behind Nearest The Pin (10-6) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Apr.
Aon Sceal (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Chased leaders, 4th approaching 3 out, lost place and no impression under pressure from before next, kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 7l behind Vinnes Friend (11-6) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf.
Miss Salinger (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from after 4 out, 9th of 17, 27l behind Sugar Bullet (11-4) at Killarney 2m 4f mares mdn hdl gd.
Bobby John (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Mid-division, closer in 4th after 3 out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace straight, 4th of 14, 7l behind Benefitthewest (10-9) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Connemara Kate (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, weakened 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Karkari (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn hdl gd in Oct, 15 ran.
Coin River (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Soon led, hung left and pushed along before 5 out, ran off bend and headed past stands, no extra from 3 out, 9th of 15, well behind Fever Pitch (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5yo mdn hdl gd in Apr.
Giant Sequoia (USA) 7-2fav (10-9) Mid-division on outer, ridden in moderate 6th on outer entering straight, no extra, 8th of 22, 8l behind Fool's Wildcat (10-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Oct.
Kitty's Lord (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 11th 3 out, no impression from next, 8th of 21, 36l behind O Fortuna (10-13) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Baby Whizz (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, mistake 4 out, no extra from early straight, 12th of 25, 35l behind First Impressions (10-11) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Mar.
Sonic Beat (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 7th 6 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 6th of 18, 29l behind Tough Talkin Man (11-4) at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl in Sep.
Louisiana Gift (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, 12th of 15, 33l behind Lucky Spring (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gf.
Toor Brook Honours (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace approaching straight, 6th of 16, 32l behind Last Time D'albain (11-0) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Mar.
Mr Aitch (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Mid-division, 10th after 3 out, soon ridden and no extra, 6th of 16, 18l behind Ephorus (11-9) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-103 in Dec.
Milltown Boy (IRE) 18-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Like The Da (11-5) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf, 14 ran.
D'tani (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, no extra 4 out, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Dare To Doubt (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f mares mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Dream Home (IRE) 9-1 (10-13) Always prominent, 3rd 6 out, ridden to lead 3 out, stayed on well under pressure from last, won at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gf in May '10 beating Blue Fire Lady (9-12) by 3l, 14 ran.