Stucker Hill won this last year, her only start on the track, though she entered the fray in winning form having scored at Punchestown earlier. She had a length to spare over Isabel's Gold a year ago but the latter has the better of the weights this time. Goulane Jessie, a winner between the flags last time, needs a thorough test of stamina which she should get on this ground and, like Limerick winner MOYODE LADY, has the benefit of a low weight and a very useful claimer on board. The latter looks progressive and is handed the vote though the consistent Ask Heather would be an obvious threat if over her recent fall over fences at Fairyhouse. Romella was well supported and showed her first sign of form when narrowly beaten by Theatre Run at Thurles and, though that was over 2m, she was staying on strongly at the finish.
Ask Heather (IRE) 9-4 (10-4) Soon led, jumped left 2nd and not fluent, headed from next, on terms 6th, pushed along approaching straight, still on terms when fell 2 out, at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp sft in Nov.
Stucker Hill (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Soon chased leaders, 6th at 6th, pushed along from 10th, no impression and slight mistake 2 out, kept on same pace without threatening after, 5th of 17, 10 1/4l behind Mister Fogpatches (10-11) at Navan 2m 6f hcp sft in Nov.
Dragon Houdini (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Raced in 6th early, 8th from 8th, no extra between last 2, 11th of 12, 35 1/2l behind Spyglass Hill (11-5) at Limerick 3m hcp hvy in Oct.
Liffeydale Dreamer (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division, some headway on inner approaching 2 out, pushed along and no impression before last, kept on one pace, never a factor, 9th of 17, 18 3/4l behind Blaze A Trail (10-6) at Thurles 2m 4f hcp sft in Nov.
Rebel Early (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Towards rear, went moderate 10th after 3 out, bumped along in moderate 8th after 2 out, went 4th at last, ridden and stayed on well run-in, 2nd close home, never nearer, 2nd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Iknowwhereiamnow (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hvy in Nov.
Une Lavandiere (FR) 25-1 (11-9) Chased leader, slightly slow 2nd, 2nd halfway, ridden to challenge before straight, no extra entering straight, 11th of 15, dist behind Burlesque Queen (10-10) at Clonmel 2m 3f hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Isabel's Gold (IRE) 5-1cfav (11-4) Rear of mid-division, slight mistake 5th, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 13th of 17, dist behind Howaya Aoife (10-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp sft in Nov.
Le Hachette (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Prominent, pushed along to dispute early, led 2nd and clear until joined 5th, headed halfway, pushed along before 4 out, ridden and weakened after 3 out, no extra, 7th of 9, dist behind Father Ailbe (10-12) at Limerick 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov.
Romella (IRE) 13-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, closer in 4th before 3 out, ridden after 3 out, disputed 2nd before last, pressed leader last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Theatre Run (11-3) at Thurles 2m hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.
Shantelle (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Towards rear, headway 3 out, close 5th on outer and slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 17, 25 3/4l behind Howaya Aoife (10-7) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp sft in Nov.
Moyode Lady (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, 10th halfway, progress to 5th 3 out, pushed along to lead entering straight, pressed before 2 out, ridden to assert and ran around before last, reduced advantage and edged right after last, kept on well, won at Limerick 3m hcp Soft - Heavy in Nov beating Life Isfor Living (11-3) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Goulane Jessie (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Mid-div, 4th 1/2way, 3rd appr str, wo 2out, hdd bef last, ko strongly & ld again cl hm, won at Knockmullen House 3m mdn sft in Nov beating Delice Du Chenet (12-2) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Minx Tiara (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Held up early, soon mid-division, closer in 6th halfway, improved to dispute 4 out, led 3 out, ridden and joined after 2 out, headed last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 5 1/2l behind Something Sweet (10-1) at Thurles 2m 4f hcp Yielding - Soft in Nov.
Empors Sword (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 14th at 6th, improved to chase leaders straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 22, 14 1/2l behind Theatre Run (11-8) at Cork 2m 3f hcp gd in Aug.