Cracking Chap has gradually improved and only faded in the closing stages at Punchestown last month. He was 9l in front of Drunken Counsel in the race won by Cheltenham winner Vautour in December and should confirm the form despite the latter winning a bumper last month. She's A Leader has shown definite signs of potential in bumpers but it's about time MACNICHOLSON was winning. Jessica Harrington's charge has been narrowly beaten in his two latest starts and it will take a good performance to prevent him gaining his first success.
Badgerfort (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Mid-division, 7th early straight and no impression on easy winner in 6th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 22, 14l behind Peter From Paris (11-9) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Oct.
Bold Conquest (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, slight mistake 4th, kept on one pace in straight, 12th of 22, well behind Daneking (11-11) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Cracking Chap (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, mistake 4 out, ridden in 5th 2 out, kept on to 2nd entering straight, under pressure in 4th when mistake last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 5th of 21, 8l behind Dromnea (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Drunken Counsel (IRE) 7-2 (11-13) Held up towards rear, progress on outer travelling smoothly 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, soon clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Clonmel 2m N H flat hvy in Feb beating Most Peculiar (11-13) by 4l, 12 ran.
Fruits Of Molly (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd 5f out, no impression from 3f out, no extra from under 2f out, 6th of 11, 46l behind Vicangelome (11-5) at Cork 2m N H flat hvy in Jan.
Glenmoreangie (IRE) Scorpion gelding out of Sister Swing.
Jack's A Guest (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Tr ldrs, 4th 1/2way, 4l 2nd 7out, left ld 6out, rdn in 6l 3rd 2out, not match ldrs str, no ex run-in, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Minmoregold (11-6) at Tinahely 3m ire ptp hvy.
Macnicholson (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Prominent throughout, ridden along 3 out, on terms before straight, marginally headed last, kept on without quite matching winner run-in, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Asitsohappens (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Merton View (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, no impression in 7th approaching straight, no extra from 2 out and eased run-in, 13th of 22, well behind Daneking (11-11) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Raystown (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Prominent, ran a little off 1st bend, lost place and dropped to rear 5th, soon pulled up,, in a race won by Captainofthefleet (11-12) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Texas Tea (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, progress entering straight, 11th 3 out, ridden in 9th 2 out, no impression in 8th last, kept on one pace, 8th of 25, 14l behind Drumlee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl.
Themanwithatan (IRE) 100-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, no impression before 4 out, tailed off, 16th of 20, well behind Champagne James (11-12) at Naas 2m 3f mdn hdl in Feb.
Ariahey (USA) 66-1 (11-5) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, weakened before 3 out, 22nd of 25, well behind Drumlee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl.
She's A Leader (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, no impression from 4f out, never a factor, 14th of 16, 32l behind Shesafoxylady (11-9) at Navan 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) in Nov.
Two Roses (IRE) Vinnie Roe mare out of Istibshar.