In the six years this has been run, two four-year-old fillies have been successful. Ningbo Express may prove the best of them this time as the Beverley winner will have gained experience from her hurdling debut at Naas. Whisper Rock wasn't beaten far on her hurdling bow at Punchestown in January then reverted to a bumper to score at Thurles. She looks certain to get into the frame but PAINTED LADY may just have her measure. She had little chance against the well-regarded Le Vent D'Antan over 2m4f here last week but her previous two runs over this trip suggest she is up to gaining her first victory. Princess Leya landed a Cork bumper by 18 lengths but failed to build on that in two subsequent races where she was very well supported. She makes her debut over timber and her pedigree puts her right in the picture.
Colla Pier (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Prominent in chasing group, moderate 4th 3 out, soon no extra, 10th of 16, 50l behind Mr Fiftyone (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Killeena House (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division, slight mistake 1st, 8th 3 out, ridden and no impression in 7th 2 out, soon no extra and weakened, 9th of 15, 47l behind Rock's Field (10-11) at Punchestown 2m 6f mares mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Miss Faithful (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, 7th 4 out, ridden after next, went 4th 2 out, no impression before last, 6th of 13, 34l behind Getoutwhenyoucan (10-10) at Naas 2m cond hcp hdl (80-109) sft in Jan.
Painted Lady 13-2 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 3rd 5 out, 2nd 4 out, ridden 3 out, soon no impression on winner, kept on same pace, pressed for 2nd run-in, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Le Vent D'Antan (11-11) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Princess Leya (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Soon tracked leaders, raced towards outer, 2nd over 3f out, wide into straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 7l behind Ardnahoe (9-11) at Limerick 2m mares n h flat hvy.
Rock On Rachel (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Soon towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 12th of 17, well behind Feenakilmeedy (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f mares mdn hdl hvy.
Shesaportrait (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, ridden and no impression 4 out, moderate 9th entering straight, kept on one pace from before last, 6th of 17, 21l behind Prince Of Lombardy (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl sft.
Whisper Rock (IRE) 13-8fav (11-9) Mid-division, progress in 7th 4f out, 3rd entering straight, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Thurles 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Feb beating Oneforlill (11-4) by 4 1/2l, 15 ran.
Why Ask Me (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, raced on inner, 9th 6 out, no impression and kept on same pace approaching straight, 7th of 17, 24l behind Feenakilmeedy (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f mares mdn hdl hvy.
Empress Catherine (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 18l behind Cottesloe (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan (flat).
Ningbo Express (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Towards rear, closer in moderate 14th from before straight, in pursuit of leaders when mistake 2 out, soon no impression, 12th of 22, 43l behind Ivan Grozny (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Jan.
Secret Seven (USA) 20-1 (10-0) Close up early, 5th approaching straight, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 30l behind Kitten Rock (11-7) at Limerick 2m 4yo hdl hvy.
Simple Joys 16-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 13th of 17, 13l behind Highway Code (9-5) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep (flat).