BALLY LONGFORD was beaten only a length when third over track and trip on his first start since November. Willie Mullins' charge will be fancied to open his account in this. Couleur France should give him something to think about as he's been placed in both starts to date and Cordelia Belle is not easily dismissed on her fourth at Punchestown in December. Carrig Rua Lady was last of five on her bumper debut but today's extra distance will suit.
Aztec Chief (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Soon tracked leaders, no extra approaching straight, 18th of 22, well behind Irish Thistle (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Bally Longford (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, led briefly approaching straight, headed and soon ridden, no impression and dropped to 3rd 100 yards out, kept on same pace under pressure, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Benemeade (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in Mar.
Couleur France (IRE) 5-4fav (12-0) Tracked leaders, closer in 3rd 3f out, soon ridden, went moderate 2nd 2f out, kept on without threatening easy winner final furlong, 2nd of 11, 13l behind Quickpick Vic (12-0) at Naas 2m NH flat sft in Mar.
Southsea Island (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) 15l rr early, rcd 10th 6out, rapid prog before 3out to cl 5th, further prog up to 3rd 2out, qckly lst pl & pu last, in a race won by Lord Fingal (11-4) at Oldtown 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 11 ran.
Carrig Rua Lady (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Raced in 5th, close up entering straight, soon ridden and no threat under 2f out, kept on one pace, last of 5, 12l behind Sizing Tennessee (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat hvy in Jan.
Cordelia Belle (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division on inner, 8th halfway, good headway to go 2nd approaching straight, ridden and no impression on winner 2f out, no extra final furlong and dropped to 4th closing stages, 4th of 12, 11l behind Our Pollyanna (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f mrs N H flat hvy in Dec.
Fair Ethel (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Mid-division, weakened from 4f out, 10th of 13, 40l behind Railway Zira (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Feb.
Julies Exit (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, no extra from before straight, tailed off, 10th of 14, well behind Milan Bound (11-13) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Feb.
Sally Blossom (IRE) Golan mare out of Miss Audacious.