TENNIS CAP had punters tearing their hair out earlier this year having been a beaten short-priced favourite on four occasions. He'd made a tremendous debut for Willie Mullins when close up behind Monksland at Navan in December and if in anywhere near that kind of form must be the one to beat. Thunder And Roses looks the only logical threat and there's no doubt he has great potential. Runner-up in his only start between the flags, he has improved with each run in bumpers and gained a very impressive success at Naas last month. Spider Baby has shown a glimmer of ability and can make the frame with her allowances.
Tennis Cap (FR) 5-4fav (11-12) Led and disputed, strongly pressed 3 out, headed from before next, soon no extra, 7th of 17, 20l behind Tabhachtach (11-5) at Cork 2m 5yo mdn hdl in Mar.
Vincent Row (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Well off pace in mid-division, moderate 11th 5 out, soon no impression, 10th of 16, well behind Home Farm (11-4) at Thurles 2m 2f Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo).
Thunder And Roses (IRE) 10-11fav (11-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway to dispute halfway, headed approaching straight, travelling best to lead 1 1/2f out, drew clear final furlong, easily, won at Naas 2m 3f N H flat sft in Oct beating Mullaghanoe River (11-10) by 11l, 8 ran.
Goulane Vixen (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 12th of 18, 30l behind Seefood (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f N H flat gf in Sep.
Basils Sister (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Rogue Angel (11-7) at Galway 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Oct.
Crannagh (IRE) 66-1 (10-2) Prominent, 5th halfway, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 13th of 16, well behind Blue Cannon (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov '11.
Spider Baby (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, 9th and in touch 3f out, effort on outer entering straight, no impression, one pace, 6th of 11, 13l behind Jennies Jewel (11-6) at Listowel 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Sep.