J P McManus purchased UPSIE after she landed what looked a very strong bumper at Saint-Cloud in November 2011. Fitness is rarely a problem for one from her yard and though making her hurdling debut after a long absence she's taken to make a winning start. Appletime has been looking one-paced and may do better when sent over further but Clar Na Mionn ran well behind Jennies Jewel over track and trip last time and must be on the short-list. Winning point-to-pointer and bumper Golden Plan disappointed on his hurdling bow at Limerick but will have learnt from the experience and can do better. Alexander Leaving, another running in the McManus colours, is one to note for the future.
Alexander Leaving (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Cl up, 5th 6out & 3rd aftr 4out, no ex appr last, 3rd of 12, 3l behind Hadrian's Approach (11-7) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '11.
Appletime (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Waited with, progress 5 out, tracked leaders approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 17l behind Futuramic (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Arkansas Dave (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, tailed off, last of 16, well behind Mister Hotelier (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Austerity Measures (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Prominent and disputed early, tracked leaders in 4th halfway, ridden in 8th entering straight and soon no extra, weakened, 13th of 22, well behind Morning Assembly (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Clar Na Mionn (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, kept on one paced from 2 out, 3rd of 17, 8l behind Jennies Jewel (11-2) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Jan.
Dick Dundee 7-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, no impression in 5th before 2 out, soon ridden and kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 41l behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Golden Plan (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, moderate 4th from before straight, soon no impression, kept on, 3rd of 14, 20l behind The Paparrazi Kid (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Rolling Rocket (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, 10th halfway, no threat in straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 19l behind Courageous Cry (11-2) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
The Four Gees (IRE) Overbury gelding out of Amoroso.
Whole Nine Yards (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway into 5th 4 out, soon 4th, ridden into 3rd entering straight, no impression leaders, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 30l behind Road To Riches (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Kampala Girl (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, ridden before 4 out and no extra approaching next, weakened, 8th of 9, 47l behind Stop The Clock (10-11) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl in Jan.
Mines River (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In rear, no impression from 3 out, 8th of 13, 41l behind Mala Beach (11-9) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Upsie (FR) (9-12) won at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m 4f 3yo nhf sft in Nov '11 beating Umbrage (9-12) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.