GLENS MELODY was unbeaten in bumpers but found Minsk more than eight lengths too good on her hurdling debut at Punchestown. That was no disgrace, however, as the winner finished a close-up fourth in the Royal Bond at Fairyhouse on Sunday - compensation awaits here. Last month's C&D runner-up Miss Palm may be next best again as Queen Of The Hill has to concede weight all round courtesy of her victory at Downpatrick in July. Lady Boulea was behind the latter at Thurles last time and recent points winner Sophies Shadow may have more scope. Paul Townend is certainly an interesting jockey booking for Edward Hales' five-year-old.
Queen Of The Hill (FR) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, outpaced before 3 out, kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 18, 23l behind Annie Power (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Glens Melody (IRE) 5-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd before 3 out, ridden and no impression winner entering straight, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Minsk (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Honourable Lady (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened from 3f out, 7th of 9, well behind Honey Bach (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mrs N H flat sft in Oct.
Lady Boulea (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Mid-division, no impression from before 3 out, kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 27l behind Annie Power (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.
Miss Palm (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway in moderate 7th before straight, ridden into 3rd 2 out, 2nd last, no impression winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 17, 2 1/2l behind Carries Darling (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl in Nov.
Miss Xian (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 8th of 10, 48l behind Ballyfinboy (10-0) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Moyas Charm (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Led, pushed along approaching 2 out, strongly pressed and headed last, soon dropped to 3rd and no extra run-in, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Inish Island (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Queenwithtwohats (IRE) Hasten To Add mare out of Whats The Trouble.
Slaney Conflict (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) In rear, never a factor, moderate 7th after 2 out, kept on one pace under pressure, 6th of 10, 22l behind Top Madam (10-10) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl gd in Oct.
Sophies Shadow (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Rcd 4th, b mstk 4th, mstk 5out, prog in 2nd 3out, chall aftr 3out, ld on outer bef 2out, kow, won at Boulta 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov beating Charming Ways (10-11) by 4l, 8 ran.
Tudor Fashion (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 13, 29l behind Well Read Man (12-0) at Punchestown 2m 1f 5yo nhf sft in May.
Tukawhile (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, pushed along to close 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, kept on same pace from before straight, 6th of 12, 21l behind Shesonlyahorse (11-7) at Galway 2m mares mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Indian Fairy (IRE) Indian Danehill filly out of Fairy Castle.
Miss Conception (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Mid-division, niggled along in 6th 6f out, 7th 5f out, no impression from before straight, 7th of 9, 35l behind Kauto Grand Mogol (11-2) at Limerick 2m 4yo nhf sft in Mar.
Secret Passage (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, 16th of 17, 41l behind Que Pasa (10-11) at Cork 2m mares n h flat 4yo in Nov.
Tipp On Air (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Mid-division, no impression from 3 out, 9th of 18, 28l behind Annie Power (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Nov.