Chasing Shadows gained her first success over timber at Tramore on New Year's Eve but pulled up twice over fences before a very good effort behind Carrig Millie at Thurles last month. She looks certain to be thereabouts but the vote goes to STRADBALLY, who hasn't had much racing but who produced a decent run behind Moiqen at Thurles last month and was in touch when falling at Navan a couple of weeks ago. Dunroe Boy has gone backwards since a bright start over fences while Its All Hush Hush has fallen twice in five starts over the bigger obstacles and is still a maiden over hurdles after 18 runs.
Breeze With Ease (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along approaching 3 out where left moderate 2nd, about 5 lengths down when briefly left disputing 2 out, soon headed and no impression on winner, kept on one pace under pressure run-in, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Deputy Consort (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-102.
Dunroe Boy (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Close up and disputed lead, 2nd approaching 3 out, soon no extra, 8th of 13, well behind Maccas Lad (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Feb.
Imperial Breeze (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Towards rear, closer in 8th before 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before next, 9th of 15, 29l behind Whatdreamsrmadeof (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Jan.
Its All Hush Hush (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, 8th halfway, fell 5 out, in a race won by Klepht (11-12) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs gd in Oct, 14 ran.
Royal Sam (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Waited with, closed 3 out, jumped a bit right 2 out, ridden to challenge and on terms approaching last, soon headed and no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 9l behind Home Farm (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chase sft in Feb.
Stradbally (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, close 2nd when fell 5 out, in a race won by Barneys Honour (10-12) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 sft, 9 ran.
Yachvili (IRE) 10-1 (10-6) Waited with towards rear, niggled along approaching 4 out, no extra from before next and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Miss Xian (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Chasing Shadows (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Made most, slight bump 5 out, strongly pressed 2 out, soon joined, headed last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Carrig Millie (11-7) at Thurles 2m 2f mrs beg chs sft in Feb.
Narima (GER) 7-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd when mistake 4 out, pushed along and no impression in 5th when pecked on landing 2 out, no extra, 4th of 14, 14l behind Tipped Up Harry (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chase in Feb.
Presenting Kate (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Towards rear, closer in 6th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 5th of 11, 18l behind Carrig Millie (11-7) at Thurles 2m 2f mrs beg chs sft in Feb.
Shattered Dream (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Led, ridden and strongly pressed approaching last, headed early run-in and dropped to 3rd 100 yards out, no extra, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Khan Tengri (10-6) at Downpatrick 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 80-109.