SPECKLED WOOD looks the one to be on as she is progressing nicely and followed her double at Thurles and Clonmel with an even better run behind Upsie at the Punchestown Festival where she would have finished even closer but for being impeded at a crucial stage. Curvacious finished behind and looks held but Supreme Carolina has to be a threat despite a poor run at Wexford where the heavy ground and longer trip took its toll. Her earlier form puts her right in the picture while Kates Benefit landed a Navan maiden by no less than 15 lengths last month so also enters the equation. Benefit Of Porter likes fast ground so may find this going too sticky on her return from a long break.
Benefit Of Porter (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Waited with towards rear, closed after 3 out, 4th before straight, ridden into 3rd and no impression 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Definite Class (11-2) at Limerick 2m 3f Mares Chase (5yo+) gd in May '12.
Speckled Wood (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, carried right 3 out, soon ridden, 4th entering straight, went 3rd before last, kept on without threatening, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Upsie (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mrs nov hdl hvy in Apr.
Supreme Carolina (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in moderate 5th and no impression 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, 47l behind Gates Of Rome (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl hvy in Mar.
Curvacious (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) In rear, ridden from 3 out, weakened before straight, 5th of 6, 18l behind Upsie (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mrs nov hdl hvy in Apr.
Kates Benefit (IRE) 13-8fav (11-7) Soon led, jumped a little right at times, went on approaching 2 out, soon ridden to go further clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Apr beating Wipe Your Eye (10-11) by 15l, 17 ran.
Ellaway Rose (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, chased leaders and no impression from before straight, kept on same pace, 8th of 13, 24l behind Silverpockets (11-0) at Clonmel 2m mrs N H flat in Mar.