Our Girl Salley beat a strong field in this last year when it carried Listed status and looks certain to make another bold bid as she ran well behind Mikael D'Haguenet at Fairyhouse last time. The only four-year-old in the line-up, Sounds Of Thunder, hasn't been in the best of form on the Flat since completing a hurdling double in moderate company while Oilily was beaten 14 lengths by Our Girl Salley in a Limerick bumper last year. Golden Sunbird reverts to hurdles after three recent runs over fences which may have blunted her pace and Madame Mado is taking a big leap in class. Stephanie Kate is another who has been chasing and she was firmly put in her place by MAGEN'S STAR at Clonmel in February. Tommy Stack's mare can take this as though she failed to sparkle at Cheltenham subsequently, where a mistake at the second unsettled her, she has been given her plenty of time to recover.
Golden Sunbird (IRE) 4-1 (10-11) Soon waited with, slightly slow jump 6th, ridden into close 4th before straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 4th of 6, 13l behind Knockfierna (10-11) at Cork 2m 1f mares nov chs Grade 3 (1).
Madame Mado (FR) 7-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, improved to challenge and on terms 3 out, soon led, clear when hit last, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 beating Head Waiter (11-4) by 5l, 24 ran.
Oilily (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Mid-division, kept on same pace from before 2 out, 11th of 20, 13l behind Moon Dice (10-4) at Galway 2m hcp hdl gd in Jul.
Our Girl Salley (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, ridden entering straight, kept on same pace in 3rd from last, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Mikael D'Haguenet (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft.
Magen's Star (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led narrowly after 1st, headed 3rd, with leader, led again briefly before 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 13th of 15, 50l behind Al Ferof (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Sounds Of Thunder 6-5fav (11-9) Held up, headway on inside 5th, ridden approaching 2 out, soon beaten, weakened flat, 5th of 7, 15l behind Dumitas (10-12) at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Lillymile (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 6th after 4 out, 5th before next, no extra 2 out, 10th of 17, 28l behind On My Own (11-5) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Nov.
Stephanie Kate (IRE) 6-4 (11-7) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 4 out, 2nd next, challenged from before last where slight mistake, kept on well under pressure run-in without quite getting to winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Knockfierna (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov.
What A Charm (IRE) 15-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no extra after 4 out, weakened, 13th of 15, well behind Shop Dj (10-12) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) gd in May.