Itsuptoyou is still a maiden after 15 career starts but couldn't have gone much closer when caught close home by Luke's Benefit at Punchestown. Reality Dose is also a maiden and has been beaten off lower marks than this so POPAFLORA looks the one to be on despite this being short of his best trip. Paul Rothwell's charge is a front-runner and galloped his rivals into submission over 2m4f at Punchestown so hopefully revering to the minimum trip won't be a problem. Torremuelle couldn't match strides with the selection last time but was up with the pace for most of the way and rates a threat but Yeoman was well beaten and looks held.
Lucky Spring (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, no extra from 4 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 26l behind Pineau De Re (11-12) at Thurles 2m 2f beg chase.
Itsuptoyou (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 5th, ridden in 4th entering straight and headway to lead soon after 2 out, strongly pressed run-in and headed closing stages, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Luke's Benefit (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Baby Whizz (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, never a factor, last of 10, 45l behind Clashnabrook (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Nov.
Yeoman (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, mistake 6th, 7th halfway, ridden before 4 out and no threat approaching straight, 7th of 9, 37l behind Popaflora (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy.
My Galway Man (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 16, 48l behind Madam Bovary (11-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f beg chase hvy.
Hold Em Cowboy (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, driven along and no impression approaching 2 out, no extra and dropped to 5th before last, 5th of 9, 25l behind Noras Fancy (11-6) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Wild Salmon (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Towards rear, in touch approaching straight, went moderate 4th before 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 15l behind Take A Shot (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 hvy in Dec.
Reality Dose (IRE) 7-2fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression early straight, no extra and dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 9, 16l behind Noras Fancy (11-6) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Dec.
Popaflora 11-2 (10-1) Led, slight mistake 1st and slow 3rd, headed after 4th but remained prominent, led again entering straight and asserted after 2 out, kept on under pressure run-in, held on, won at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy beating Letterlee Star (10-4) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Torremuelle (IRE) 13-2 (10-9) Prominent and led after 4th, ridden and headed entering straight, no impression in 3rd before last, no extra, 4th of 9, 11l behind Popaflora (10-1) at Punchestown 2m 4f cnd hcp chs (0-109) hvy.
Valours Minion (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, 6th 3 out, soon ridden, 5th 2 out, one pace, 6th of 15, 36l behind Rating Queen (10-12) at Thurles 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.