Winning bumper Vic Dancer made a promising comeback behind Railway Zara at Punchestown but the one to take from the event is WHY NOT THISTLE, who was having her first ever run and really caught the eye. She should improve and is handed the vote in a tricky opener. Back Before Dawn's best runs have been on quicker ground and she's well exposed but Ballychorus showed up nicely on her racecourse debut over timber at Navan so it was a surprise to see her in a Punchestown bumper three weeks later where she ran quite well. Painted Lady has got a few quirks but isn't devoid of ability though she'll probably do better over further while Circe's Island and Voice Of A Curlew both ran moderately last time.
Haleniya (IRE) 7-2 (10-10) Rear of mid-division, ridden into 8th entering straight, 6th last, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 14l behind Letherbelucky (11-7) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl gd in May '12.
Kings Fiddle (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Went left start, towards rear, no extra approaching straight, 23rd of 30, well behind Sizing Tennessee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Dec.
Res Ipsa Loquitur (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Off pace in rear, no impression from halfway, 16th of 22, well behind Waxies Dargle (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft.
Temple Cloud (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Chsd ldrs, 5th 1/2way, not qckn with ldrs in mod 6th 2out, no ex apr strt, wknd last, 7th of 14, well behind Somethingprecious (11-11) at Ballingarry 3m ire ptp in Nov.
Vic Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Led and disputed, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 12, 19l behind Railway Zira (11-7) at Punchestown 2m mares mdn hdl.
Back Before Dawn (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Settled in rear of mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 3f out and no impression in moderate 4th under 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong,, 4th of 11, 32l behind Flaming Dawn (11-9) at Tramore 2m ldy N H flat sft in Dec.
Ballychorus (IRE) 13-8fav (11-1) Tracked leaders on outer, close 4th entering straight, soon ridden, 3rd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 17, 4 1/2l behind Kilnockin Lady (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 2f mrs N H flat hvy in Dec.
Ellie Mia (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Mid-division on outer, fell 4 out, in a race won by Urticaire (11-7) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Dec, 19 ran.
Highland Miss (USA) 14-1 (8-11) Raced in 4th, no extra under 2f out, 10th of 14, 20l behind Empress Of Tara (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol in Nov '12 (flat).
Niece Haw Haw (IRE) Oscar mare out of Clashbeg.
Orbiting (IRE) Oscar mare out of Seymourswift.
Painted Lady 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, went 2nd at 6th, ridden entering straight and no impression in 5th at last, kept on one pace under pressure run-in, 4th of 10, 7l behind Sure Reef (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Show Me The Monkey 28-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 9th approaching halfway, no extra from before straight, 12th of 17, well behind Stack The Deck (11-11) at Limerick 2m nhf hvy in Dec.
Troubled Soul (IRE) Definite Article mare out of Dorrha Lass.
Why Not Thistle (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th before 3 out, 3rd 3 out, 2nd next, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no extra before last, kept on same pace, lost 3rd run-in, 4th of 12, 7l behind Railway Zira (11-7) at Punchestown 2m mares mdn hdl.
Circe's Island (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Mid-division, 7th 4 out, ridden from next, moderate 6th 2 out, kept on one paced, 5th of 15, 24l behind Adriana Des Mottes (10-7) at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
High Hill Beauty (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 7th approaching 6 out, lost place after 3 out, soon no extra,, 11th of 13, well behind Windsor Queen (10-7) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
More Of The Same (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up, soon towards rear, no extra from 2 out, 14th of 18, well behind Plinth (11-0) at Leopardstown 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Streak 2-1fav (9-7) Steadied start, soon in touch on outside, headway to 3rd 3f out, soon ridden, no chance with winner 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 9l behind Big Thunder (9-3) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jun (flat).
Voice Of A Curlew (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, 9th from 3 out, no impression and kept on one pace from next, 8th of 22, 33l behind Ivan Grozny (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.