Mark Me Up has won just once in 21 starts over timber and is better handicapped over fences while Bad Cigar has now gone 20 starts without winning. BECKWITH STAR had dropped to a very lenient mark when scoring at Tramore and though 6lb higher he's still well treated and has been found another winning opportunity. Faranadooney has been running well without quite getting there but can't go much lower in the ratings and looks a threat but Usa, who won here at this time a year ago, would prefer much quicker ground. The lightly-raced Stop The Clock has more potential than most and should be kept on the right side.
Mark Me Up 11-2 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, ridden to chase leaders approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 9, 39l behind Playing (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 in Mar.
Bad Cigar (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Waited with towards rear, closed to track leaders approaching 3 out, ridden to challenge in 2nd from between last 2, on terms and every chance run-in, no extra and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Wing It Lady (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Mar.
Beckwith Star (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway into 2nd approaching 2 out and soon ridden, led between final 2 and kept on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 beating Breeze With Ease (10-11) by 3 1/2l, 16 ran.
Stop The Clock (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Soon mid-division, bad mistake and unseated rider 6 out, in a race won by Living Next Door (10-10) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-116 hvy, 21 ran.
Benefitthewest (IRE) 15-2 (11-1) Held up, 8th 5 out, 6th and ridden 3 out, no impression from next, 6th of 13, 15l behind Thewesthowaya (11-0) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Sep.
Faranadooney (USA) 8-1 (11-5) Mid-division, progress from 3 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, kept on one paced in 5th from 2 out, left 4th at last, 4th of 22, 4 1/2l behind Push The Button (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Usa (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, no impression approaching straight, 12th of 14, well behind Rawnaq (11-9) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 in Aug.
Perfect Focus (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Very slowly away and trailing for most, some late headway straight, 9th of 17, 46l behind Pyrus Gold Wind (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl gd.
Comeondown (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 5th after 3 out, ridden and no extra before 2 out, 7th of 13, 34l behind Flying Light (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Sids Choice 20-1 (11-4) Chased leaders early, weakened halfway, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Rating Queen (10-12) at Thurles 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov, 15 ran.
Glendaars Best (IRE) 66-1 (10-3) Towards rear, never a factor, pushed along after 4 out, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 12, 39l behind South South West (10-13) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo hdl sft in Dec.