BYERLEY BABE won a bumper at Thurles in December and has been narrowly beaten twice over timber subsequently. Her jumping hasn't been as fluent as connections would have hoped for but this looks a decent opportunity. Casablanca Lily, who won a bumper here in November, appeared to find 2m7f stretching her stamina at Navan and this looks more her trip. Ultra Light was having just her second start over hurdles when staying on strongly behind Ma Belle Amie over 2m2f at Downpatrick and along with Tudor Fashion, narrowly beaten by Claudia Augusta at Punchestown last month, she looks the main threat.
Byerley Babe (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Waited with, closer in 5th 3 out, 4th before next, soon ridden in pursuit of winner, no impression and kept on run-in, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Glens Melody (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Novice Hurdle (5-7yo) sft in Feb.
Carrow Queen (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Towards rear, no danger approaching straight, kept on, 12th of 22, 43l behind Irish Thistle (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Casablanca Lily (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 25l behind Suntiep (11-12) at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Elsie Freda (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Waited with, moderate 7th approaching 4f out, soon no extra, 8th of 10, well behind Kymin's Way (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m 1f mares n h flat hvy in Feb.
Queen Michaela (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 6th over 6f out, no extra and kept on same pace from over 4f out, 6th of 10, well behind Kymin's Way (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m 1f mares n h flat hvy in Feb.
Searenity (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened after halfway and pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Unika La Reconce (10-13) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 18 ran.
Tudor Fashion (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 4th 2 out, ridden into 3rd entering straight, pressed winner last, kept on run-in, held closing stages, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Claudia Augusta (10-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f mares mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Ultra Light (FR) 25-1 (10-13) In rear, headway after halfway and 4th 3 out, went 2nd before next but soon ridden along, kept on same pace under pressure run-in, no real impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Ma Belle Amie (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl.
Vergalda (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 6th entering straight and went 3rd at last, kept on run-in, 3rd of 18, 1 1/2l behind Carhue (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Zarzamora (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden and no extra 4 out, weakened, 11th of 16, well behind Ancient Days (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.