SPOT FINE had some strong form on good ground last summer before turning to fences where he showed promise. He reverted to hurdling at Leopardstown in December but found the conditions against him and will be much more at home on today's drying ground. He looks the one to be on as Smithfield, who has equally good form over timber, has to concede 8lb due to a win on the Flat at Killarney last summer. Up Sluggarh improved steadily last summer and though easily dismissed by the long odds-on Rogue Angel when last seen in October further progress should see him in the mix. It's difficult to get excited about the prospects of the remainder though Alexander Leaving should have improved for his run at Punchestown last month.
Smithfield (IRE) 14-1 (10-2) Mid-division on outer, headway after 3 out and 6th when mistake next, soon no extra and weakened, last of 24, 31l behind Tennis Cap (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Alexander Leaving (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, moderate 5th and no impression 3 out, soon ridden and no extra before straight, 8th of 22, well behind Un De Sceaux (11-11) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Auld Sthock (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, no extra under 2f out, 9th of 15, 22l behind Rathvawn Belle (11-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Black Zero (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, 6th 4 out, no impression from next, 9th of 17, 17l behind Upsie (11-4) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Brave Soldier (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, no threat after 3 out, 13th of 16, 44l behind Bullet Street (11-9) at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Con Tadhy (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Always behind, 15th of 18, well behind Sarabad (11-3) at Clonmel 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) hvy in Feb.
Crazy Lad (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Always rear, ridden and no impression approaching 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Umpact (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Farm Street (IRE) Golden Tornado gelding out of Ladies Term.
Garuda Flyer (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Rear of mid-division, no extra from 4 out, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Rolly Baby (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb, 18 ran.
Spot Fine 8-1 (11-9) Mid-division, chased clear leader in 4th 3 out, no extra next, weakened, 10th of 14, 30l behind Flying Light (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m nov hcp hdl sft in Dec.
Up Sluggarh (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Prominent and disputed, led 3 out, ridden and challenged 2 out, soon headed, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Rogue Angel (11-7) at Galway 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Oct.
Alfa Belle (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, 14th of 17, 32l behind Upsie (11-4) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Glen Beg (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Never a factor, slight mistake 4th and soon ridden along, no extra, 17th of 18, well behind Carhue (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Pippa Rose (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 18, 40l behind Carhue (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Quiverhill Dreamon (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Never better than mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 9th of 18, well behind Sarabad (11-3) at Clonmel 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) hvy in Feb.
Sea Jewel 14-1 (10-5) Never a factor, 13th of 18, well behind Carhue (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Sweetheart Susan (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Chased leaders on inner, 7th halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Speckled Wood (10-12) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Unbreakablespirit (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division best, no impression from 3 out, 11th of 22, well behind Un De Sceaux (11-11) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Dromore Lake (IRE) 50-1 (11-6) Mid-division, 6th 4f out, no extra from before straight, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Milan Bound (11-13) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Feb.
Star Of Boru (IRE) 80-1 (11-1) Towards rear, slight mistake 6th, no extra from before straight, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Follow The Sign (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Feb.
Churchonthehill (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, weakened before straight, completely tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Kilmainham (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl in Jan.