Rocky Wednesday landed a similar race to this at Ballinrobe in April but has appeared reluctant in his two subsequent starts and has finished tailed off on the Flat at Navan and over hurdles at Galway. Speckled Wood started off well over timber and earned her current rating with a handicap victory at Clonmel in March. She's been chasing and gained her first success at Wexford last week. Willie Mullins complicate matters with two entries. Primroseandblue won three times over hurdles last year but hasn't shown much in two starts over fences this season. He has a professional rider on his back for the first time and that should aid his cause though SMASHING is taken to see off his stablemate. Still only a four-year-old, the recruit from France was bought for 130,000 euros after his latest effort over fences at Auteuil and, though he'll soon be back over the bigger obstacles, he's been twice runner-up in Listed company over timber and his allowance can see him home.
All The Aces (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Led in at the start, raced in 3rd, dropped to last before 6th, trailing 4 out, left poor 3rd from last, 3rd of 4, 30l behind Ally Cascade (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft.
Primroseandblue (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Always towards rear and never a factor, no extra from 3 out and weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Shrapnel (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m beg chs gf in Oct.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Waited with towards rear, dropped behind 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Nearly Nama'd (10-10) at Galway 2m hcp hdl hvy in Oct.
Speckled Wood (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Tracked leaders on inner, improved to lead 4 out, ridden 2 out, strongly pressed entering straight, joined at last, stayed on well to assert inside final furlong, won at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs sft beating Leish Oscar (11-7) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
The Bishop Looney (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th when mistake 5 out, weakened from before 3 out, 17th of 18, well behind The Crafty Butcher (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl in Sep.
Yes Tom (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, no extra and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by House Rules (11-4) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs gd in May, 17 ran.
Smashing (FR) (10-5) 2nd of 15, shd behind Saint Firmin (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f 4yo chs in Jun.