Sizing Gold was by no means disgraced behind Pont Alexandre at Leopardstown and holds a verdict in a bumper over DEFY LOGIC. However, the latter has made great strides over hurdles and gave the classy Annie Power a fright at Naas so should be good enough for this. Bright New Dawn has to be a major threat as he wasn't far behind Cheltenham winner Champagne Fever at Leopardstown before seeing off today's rival Mala Beach and Reine Angevine at Thurles. Morning Assembly wasn't far behind Sizing Gold at Leopardstown and looks a fair each-way bet.
Bright New Dawn (IRE) 6-4fav (11-3) Soon chased leader in 2nd, closer order 4 out, led approaching straight, strongly pressed and joined from before last where left with race winning lead, stayed on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Feb beating Mala Beach (11-1) by 3l, 8 ran.
Anonis (GER) 3-1 (11-9) Led, blundered 7th and headed, soon lost place and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Rathlin (11-9) at Clonmel 2m 4f hdl in Feb, 7 ran.
Defy Logic (IRE) 13-8fav (11-4) Led, slight mistake 4 out, ridden and strongly pressed 2 out, headed before last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Annie Power (10-10) at Naas 2m nov hdl G2 (1) in Feb.
Morning Assembly (IRE) 10-11fav (11-12) Always prominent, tracked leader in 2nd, headway to challenge 2 out and soon led, strongly pressed last, driven out and kept on best run-in, won at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan beating Mad Brian (11-5) by 3/4l, 22 ran.
Operating (IRE) 7-4fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, left in front 5th, ridden approaching last and drew clear run-in, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl gs beating Mireya (10-12) by 5l, 12 ran.
Pride ofthe Parish (IRE) 8-15fav (11-0) Raced in 2nd, challenged 2 out, every chance and left in lead from last, no extra and caught on line, 2nd of 5, shd behind Our Vinnie (11-6) at Limerick 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) hvy in Dec.
Sizing Gold (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden into 2nd early straight, no chance with winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Pont Alexandre (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) in Jan.
Some Tikket (IRE) 4-6fav (11-12) Made all, jumped slightly right at times, went clear from 2 out, stayed on strongly run-in, eased, impressive, won at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy beating Fergiethelegend (11-12) by 11l, 10 ran.
Mala Beach (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Towards rear, niggled along and progess from before 3 out, 6th approaching straight, chased leaders from 2 out, left 2nd and kept on without troubling winner from last, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Bright New Dawn (11-3) at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Feb.
Reine Angevine (FR) 14-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, lost place and no extra approaching 3 out, pulled up next, in a race won by Bright New Dawn (11-3) at Thurles 2m 4f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Feb, 8 ran.