WAR CORRESPONDENT was unlucky not to score between the flags and looks ready to gain his first success under Rules after a fine effort behind the promising Captain Canada over the C&D last month. The remainder were well beaten off and he should go one better. Most of his rivals arrive from the point-to-point field with Coolnagorna Giggs having the best recent form after scoring at Ballydarragh last month. Rocknrollrambo has been placed a couple of times while Sophies Shadow scored at Boulta in November, though she ran poorly over hurdles at Limerick on St Stephens Day. Mimi And Bow may prove best of the remainder.
Coolnagorna Giggs (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Trkd ldrs, 9th 1/2way, rddn 5out, kow up to go 2nd 3out, wo before last, qcknd to line, won at Ballydarragh 3m ire ptp gs in Dec beating Liberty One (11-4) by 2l, 17 ran.
Financially Loose (IRE) Luso gelding out of Financial Asset.
New Buddy (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Waited with, 12th approaching 6th, no danger and kept on same pace from 4 out, 7th of 14, 30l behind Venture Capital (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl in Dec.
Rocknrollrambo (IRE) 4-5 (12-0) Ld/disp until 1l 2nd when mstk 2out, no ch with wnr aftr although so to line, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Cyprian Prince (12-0) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Dec.
Sasa Semo (FR) 28-1 (12-0) Led at slow pace, headed inside first half mile, prominent, lost place from before straight, soon no impression, 9th of 11, 31l behind Sizing Gold (11-8) at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Feb.
Tighty Whities (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Rear for most, ridden in poor 8th and no impression entering straight, 8th of 10, 43l behind Bonisland (11-8) at Down Royal 2m 6f mdn hdl gd in Nov.
War Correspondent (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, went 2nd before 3 out, no impression on winner when slight mistake last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 14, 10l behind Captain Canada (11-4) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Written Inthestars (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Led until headed before 3rd, tracked leader in 2nd and clear of remainder, ridden 4 out and soon no extra in 3rd, no threat in straight and dropped to distant 5th run-in, 5th of 11, well behind Mozoltov (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Mimi And Bow 3-1 (12-0) Twrds rr, rems early, prog final cct, nev nrr, 4th of 12, 16l behind Ballinaha Swan (12-0) at Necarne 3m ire ptp sft in May '11.
Sophies Shadow (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Prominent, ridden from 7 out, soon weakened, pecked next, soon pulled up, in a race won by Kilcrea (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Milan Nua (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 15, 36l behind Rich Revival (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs sft in Dec.