TARLA made no mistake on her switch to the larger obstacles at Clonmel and if Willie Mullins' mare turns up in the same form, she looks difficult to oppose. Dazzling Susie and Glibin met at Galway in August and it's currently one each in terms of their meetings. Cnoc Seoda had won a point-to-point over three miles prior to racing under Rules, but she still had enough speed to account for Mae's Choice at Thurles. The Folkes Choice has fewer miles on the clock than most and is likely to have built upon a respectable debut at Tramore. Great Oak has proved a far better chaser than hurdler and needs to have improved again in order to be a factor.
Tarla (FR) 11-8fav (10-7) Made all, asserted before 2 out, easily, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mares chs Grd 3 (1) sft in Nov beating Our Girl Salley (10-7) by 8l, 10 ran.
Dazzling Susie (IRE) 11-10fav (11-2) Led, joined 4 out and headed next, no extra early run-in, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 27l behind Glibin (10-13) at Galway 2m 1f nov chs sft in Aug.
Glibin (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, close 2nd and ridden next, dropped to 3rd before last, mistake last, kept on one paced in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 11, 14l behind Avondhu Lady (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp chs sft.
Great Oak (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along approaching 3 out, no impression under pressure after 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Hidden Cyclone (11-10) at Gowran Park 2m 4f chs hvy in Nov.
Cnoc Seoda (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Made all, jumped well, kept on well in straight, in command run-in, won at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov beating Mae's Choice (11-7) by 4l, 16 ran.
Mae's Choice (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway to go 2nd entering straight, ridden after 2 out and no real impression on winner when mistake last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Cnoc Seoda (11-2) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Our Girl Lucy (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 2nd halfway, headway to dispute 4 out and led next, strongly pressed from 2 out, nodded slightly on landing and headed last, no impression on winner run-in, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Our Victoria (11-5) at Thurles 2m 2f Mares Chase (5yo+) in Oct.
The Folkes Choice 3-1 (11-5) Led, strongly pressed and joined 2 out, soon headed and dropped to 3rd approaching last, no extra, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Cnoc Na Sioga (11-5) at Wexford 2m nh nov hdl gd in Oct.