This looks a very good test for Suntiep, who battled to victory in a Limerick bumper and makes his debut over hurdles. He should go well while Fence Me In, unbeaten in two starts between the flags, is another interesting recruit. But Hard To Swallow hasn't progressed as expected and has been disappointing since reappearing in October so it's CASABLANCA LILY who is handed the vote. She looked in need of a much stiffer test of stamina when coming with a late run over 2m2f at Limerick and today's trip and conditions look ideal.
Fence Me In (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Ww mid div, gng well 3out, 2nd bef 2out, so bef last & ld under 50 yards out, snugly, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec beating Nevskij (12-0) by 2l, 14 ran.
Fergiethelegend (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Held up towards rear, ridden into 9th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 12l behind Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Hard To Swallow (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Led, headed 3 out, ridden in 3rd and no extra 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 29l behind Sizing Gold (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Monelissio (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, moderate 9th and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace straight, 6th of 13, 45l behind Mumbo Jumbo (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Paddycards (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Ld, mstk and hdd 3out, dropped to 3rd and fell next, in a race won by Mr Shankly (12-0) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec, 17 ran.
Rare Legend (IRE) 11-4 (12-0) Led, joined 5f out, headed straight and no extra 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 41l behind Fade In (11-0) at Limerick 2m 2f N H flat hvy in Dec.
Suntiep (FR) 7-4 (12-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd entering straight but no impression over 1f out, stayed on strongly under pressure final 100 yards to lead near line, won at Limerick 2m 3f N H flat hvy in Nov beating Why Ask Me (11-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
The Train Robber (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden from 5f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 8, 36l behind Prideofthecastle (11-9) at Limerick 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Malt Gem (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Waited with in rear, progress from before 6 out, good jump and even closer next, soon tracked leaders, challenged, almost on terms and every chance straight, tired and not quite match winner run-in, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Kilcrea (11-12) at Limerick 2m 6f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
On The Shannon (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Soon led, ridden and headed 4f out, soon weakened and tailed off, 11th of 15, well behind Mullaghanoe River (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat sft in Dec.
Flemankor (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Mid div, not qckn 3out, ko, 9th of 15, 39l behind Castlefort (12-0) at Oldcastle 3m ire ptp gs in Apr.
Ubolt (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 11th of 16, well behind London Bridge (11-12) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 5yo mdn hdl gf in Jul '11.
Casablanca Lily (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, progress and still travelling well after 3 out where not fluent, moderate 4th into straight, soon no impression under pressure, ran on well without threatening winner from before last, 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 8l behind Caoimhe's Delight (11-0) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl hvy in Dec.