Hareth has run very poorly over hurdles since a fair run on the level at Listowel in September. Catchy Lass has bits and pieces of form, including on this track, which in the context of this race make her an obvious threat. SCEILG has now finished runner-up in five of her dozen outings and has been narrowly beaten in her most recent starts here. It's time she was breaking her duck and she won't get a better chance. Instruct made a fair debut here in April but then floundered in heavy ground at Listowel and fell when tackling hurdles at Thurles. Punches Pious hasn't been performing badly in handicaps over a mile but was beaten a long way on his only start over tonight's trip.
Instruct (USA) 25-1 (9-13) Mid-division and 7th halfway, ridden and no extra approaching straight, weakened, completely tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Egyptian Warrior (9-13) at Listowel 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn hvy in Sep.
Punches Pious (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division and 9th halfway, ridden early straight and 7th 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 6l behind Lily's Prince (8-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Sea Smoke (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway inside final 3f, staying on and green when hampered and switched right inside final furlong, kept on, never nearer, 5th of 12, 5l behind Rule Book (9-3) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Jun '12.
Breathe Easy (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Dwelt and always towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 10th of 13, 13l behind Al Murqab (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 1f mdn stks sft in Nov.
Hareth (IRE) 18-1 (9-5) Settled towards rear, pushed along and went 6th entering straight, 4th 1f out and kept on under pressure to go 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 7l behind Egyptian Warrior (9-13) at Listowel 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn hvy in Sep.
Catchy Lass (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Soon in rear, ridden and brought to outer from over 2f out, ran on well without threatening final furlong, just failed for 2nd, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Jazz Girl (10-2) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp gd in Sep.
Nancy Belle (IRE) Arcadio filly out of Hallstone Beauty.
Sceilg (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) Tracked leaders in 5th, ridden in 4th 1f out, under pressure and kept on inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Carvelas (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Jan.