UNIKA LA RECONCE showed her potential in France before storming to a maiden victory for Willie Mullins at Thurles. She started odds-on at Clonmel in February but found the much more experienced Rathlin just too strong, though she would have won but for a last-flight error. Compensation awaits here with her allowance likely to prove crucial against Bonisland, who has some strong form but may just be better over further. Moscow Mannon, a close fourth in last year's Champion Bumper at Cheltenham, has come up against some smart performers over timber and run well enough to make his presence felt.
Bonisland 4-5fav (11-3) Raced 3rd, improved to dispute close 2nd when slight mistake 2 out, soon ridden in 2nd, kept on run-in without reaching winner, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Suntiep (11-4) at Navan 2m 7f nov hdl hvy in Mar.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Mid-division, 6th 3 out, soon ridden, went moderate 4th before last, 4th of 10, 11l behind Mallowney (11-9) at Naas 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) sft in Mar.
Dushybeag (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 4th 5 out and pushed along approaching straight, no impression in 3rd before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Rathlin (11-9) at Clonmel 2m 4f hdl in Feb.
Legal Exit (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Chased leaders in 4th, dropped to 6th and ridden before 2 out, weakened, 7th of 8, well behind Champagne Fever (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 2f nov hdl G2 (1) sft in Feb.
Moscow Mannon (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Tracked leaders on outer and keen early, improved to lead 3 out, strongly pressed and ridden after 2 out, headed before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Mallowney (11-9) at Naas 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) sft in Mar.
Director's Forum (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Towards rear, 7th halfway, ridden entering straight and moderate 4th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 8, 44l behind Jezki (10-13) at Naas 2m hdl Grade 3 (1) in Nov.
Embatt (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, reminders after 4 out, no extra and weakened after 3 out, last of 7, well behind Inish Island (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Noble Pageant (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Mid-division, 7th 4 out, no impression next, ridden in moderate 5th before straight, kept on one pace to 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 32l behind Pencilhimin (11-12) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Unika La Reconce (FR) 8-11fav (11-0) Settled in 4th, headway to go 2nd before 5 out and led entering straight, asserted before last where mistake and soon ridden, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Rathlin (11-9) at Clonmel 2m 4f hdl in Feb.