Nicky Henderson's Nadiya De La Vega won this a year ago but hasn't been in anything like that kind of form subsequently. Her stablemate Une Artiste travelled to Thurles for a similar race in January with what looked a favourite's chance but she was beaten a neck by Byerley Babe with Caoimhe's Delight and Kates Benefit not far behind. The winner is 5lb worse off and was beaten by AVONDHU LADY at Naas subsequently. The latter has had a recent run over hurdles to put her straight and could be good enough in a tight race. Tarla started odds-on for that Naas event but was beaten 10l and has since been beaten the same distance over hurdles at Cork.
Byerley Babe (IRE) Evensfav (11-5) Held up towards rear, improved after 7th, slight mistake 7 out, 5th 4 out, went 3rd approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 4th of 8, 10l behind Caoimhe's Delight (11-0) at Limerick 2m 6f (1) hvy in Mar.
Caoimhe's Delight (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Soon chased leaders, closer order from after 5th, on terms from after 3 out, under pressure approaching next where dropped to 4th, soon no extra, 4th of 8, 20l behind Our Katie (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f hvy in Mar.
Avondhu Lady (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Prominent, 3rd 4 out, 5th approaching straight, moderate 3rd before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Cheap As Chips (9-9) at Clonmel 2m in Mar.
Nadiya De La Vega (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division on outside, pushed along 6th, lost place 10th, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Ballynagour (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar, 23 ran.
Tarla (FR) 15-8fav (11-5) Led, reduced lead 3rd, pressed from after 3 out, headed after next, soon no extra, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Rebel Fitz (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f hdl hvy in Mar.
Twin Plan (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Held up in last off the pace, not fluent 5th, headway on inside 3 out, no impression next, 7th of 9, 22l behind Land Of Vic (10-9) at Ayr 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) gs.
Une Artiste (FR) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway after 5th, ridden from 3 out, weakened before last, 8th of 24, 27l behind Don Poli (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f (2) gd in Mar.
Blazing Sonnet (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden entering straight and soon no extra, 8th when not fluent last, weakened, 10th of 12, 15l behind Lughnasa (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mares hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Feb.
Burn And Turn (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden in 4th 2 out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 17l behind Sailors Warn (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hdl sft in Mar.
Cinder Rua (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) In rear, moderate 11th 4 out, progress from next, ridden in 5th 2 out, went 4th entering straight, no extra from last, 4th of 16, 5l behind Gold Platinum (10-8) at Wexford 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Kates Benefit (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Soon raced in moderate 3rd, jumped right 2nd and 3rd, dropped to last after 5 out, no impression and kept on same pace approaching straight,, 4th of 5, 26l behind Arvika Ligeonniere (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) sft.
Pestal And Mortar (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, weakened before 3 out, 20th of 22, well behind Duty Dance (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Feb.