Tofino Bay has a Grade 2 penalty to carry for his victory over Aupcharlie at Naas which may just hand the initiative to TERMINAL. The latter has been taking his time to find his feet over fences but there was much to like about his victory at Cork last time and, though facing a much tougher opponent, is progressing fast enough to gain his biggest victory so far. He's A Delight made a pleasing start over fences at Limerick but faces a couple of class acts here and Tillahow hasn't done enough to suggest he'll be good enough.
Tofino Bay (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) Made all, strongly pressed from 2 out, ridden run-in and kept on best closing stages, won at Naas 3m nov chs G2 (1) hvy in Jan beating Aupcharlie (11-5) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
He's A Delight (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Led, challenge before straight, ridden and headed before 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 8l behind Sraid Padraig (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft in Oct.
Terminal (FR) 1-2fav (11-12) Soon tracked leader, a bit slow 6 out, closed 3 out and switched about a couple of times up the straight, challenged and on terms last, led and stayed on well run-in, won at Cork 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Jan beating A Fine Young Man (11-12) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Tillahow (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) In rear, ridden in moderate 5th 3 out, no impression straight, 5th of 7, 25l behind Marito (11-8) at Naas 2m nov chs in Jan.