BLAZING SONNET has definitely improved over fences so the fact that she's just 6lb higher than her last hurdles run when scoring at Limerick just about gives her the edge in a trick handicap. Robert Tyner's horses are going well so the recent Thurles runner-up Lughnasa can be given a chance despite a big weight. Ariane Nopolis is very much the unknown quantity here having run just three times, two of them in France. She makes her handicap debut on a lowly mark and something may have been ailing her when she was beaten at odds-on at Fakenham in October. Emily Gray has now won three of her last four and though 9lb higher than her victory at Limerick in December she should go well.
Lughnasa (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 2 out, stayed on to lead before last, headed run-in, no extra close home, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Sherika (10-5) at Thurles 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan.
Emily Gray (IRE) 3-1fav (10-13) Soon tracked leaders, slight mistake 6 out, led approaching straight, stayed on well from before last, won at Limerick 2m mares hcp hdl 80-123 hvy in Dec beating Good As Gold (10-13) by 4l, 12 ran.
Kates Benefit (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Led, ridden and slight mistake 2 out, soon challenged, headed before last, no extra in 4th last, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 8l behind Byerley Babe (11-0) at Thurles 2m 4f (1) sft in Jan.
Glen Beg (IRE) 33-1 (9-12) Soon mid-division, 9th early, ridden to go 3rd before last, stayed on well run-in to lead near finish, won at Naas 2m hcp hdl sft in Jan beating Wooly Tom (10-8) by nk, 14 ran.
Clara Mc Cloud (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Soon in mid-division, 9th approaching 6 out, no extra 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Emily Gray (10-13) at Limerick 2m mares hcp hdl 80-123 hvy in Dec, 12 ran.
Tudor Fashion (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Chased clear leader, closer in 7th 4 out, 4th entering straight and ridden to challenge last, led final 100 yards and kept on under pressure, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mares mdn hdl in Jan beating Hell Cat Maggie (10-12) by nk, 16 ran.
Blazing Sonnet (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, went 3rd at 7th and mistake next, progress to lead approaching straight, under pressure before last and kept on well run-in, won at Thurles 2m beg chase in Jan beating Kilcarry Bridge (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Good As Gold 10-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden entering straight, 2nd 2 out, soon no impression winner, 3rd last, kept on one pace run-in, 5th of 13, 13l behind Never Enough Time (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 1f in Jan.
Sea Rocket (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Soon towards rear, under pressure in 8th and no impression last, kept on same pace run-in, 5th of 14, 8l behind Glen Beg (9-12) at Naas 2m hcp hdl sft in Jan.
Keith's Delight (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Chased leader in moderate 4th, no impression from 4 out, left 3rd 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 30l behind Catimini (11-0) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl gd in Nov.
Lipinski (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Soon tracked leaders, mistake 4 out, no extra approaching straight, 6th of 12, 34l behind Emily Gray (10-13) at Limerick 2m mares hcp hdl 80-123 hvy in Dec.
Ariane Nopolis (FR) 8-11fav (11-8) Led, hit 3 out, ridden when headed between last two, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Nellie Forbush (10-12) at Fakenham 2m (3) gd in Oct.
Who's That (IRE) 20-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, no extra after 4 out, last of 18, well behind Getoutwhenyoucan (11-3) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Jan.
News Show 20-1 (9-13) Prominent, 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, dropped to 3rd entering straight, soon no impression on leaders, dropped to 4th before last, 4th of 12, 24l behind Tidy Zag (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Jan.
Honourable Lady (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind Pumbaa (11-0) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec.