A very strong line-up for this Grade 3 contest and it's a surprise to see the presence of the classy chaser J'y Vole, who was well behind Big Zeb here on Wednesday, as it's a very long time since she ran over hurdles. Willie Mullins is also represented by Morning Supreme, a classy hurdler who has fallen in two of her three starts over fences and won the other by a distance. There's a powerful raiding party headed by Veiled, a Listed winner from ALASI at Cheltenham but that was over 2m6f and the runner-up was conceding a stone to the winner. Paul Webber's mare had earlier run well behind Quevega at the Festival and can get back on the winning trail. Golden Sunbird may prove the best of the home contingent as she easily landed a Listed event at Limerick before a fine run behind Knockfierna in a Fairyhouse Grade 2 when Shop Dj wasn't far behind and is 4lb better off.
Aibrean (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, led on bit flat, cheekily, won at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr beating Aghill (10-0) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Golden Sunbird (IRE) 7-2 (11-3) Tracked leader in 2nd, led approaching 4 out, ridden entering straight, challenged last, soon headed and no extra, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Knockfierna (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+) gd in Apr.
Isabellareine (GER) 20-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened after 3 out, last of 13, well behind Jack Cool (11-1) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl gd in Apr.
Morning Supreme (IRE) 5-2 (10-11) Led and clear, reduced advantage from 5th, headed when slight mistake 3 out, 3rd under pressure when fell 2 out, in a race won by For Bill (10-11) at Thurles 2m 4f mrs nov chs Gr3 (1) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Ocean Transit (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hit 5th and ridden, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 16, 27l behind Veiled (9-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Sure Josie Sure (FR) 6-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, challenged 2 out, a close 2nd when blundered last, kept on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 17, 4l behind Remember Now (11-4) at Ayr 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Apr.
Veiled 17-2 (9-11) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, led before last, driven and stayed on well flat, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gd in Apr beating Alasi (10-11) by 5l, 16 ran.
Alasi 4-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, smooth headway from 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, led briefly before last, chased winner after, no impression flat, 2nd of 16, 5l behind Veiled (9-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gd in Apr.
Elyaadi 9-4 (11-6) Held up in rear, took closer order in 6th 3 out, 3rd and effort before last, no impression, one pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Voler La Vedette (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f mrs lst hdl gd in Oct.
Lightening Sky (IRE) 66-1 (9-10) Always prominent, disputed lead briefly travelling well after 2 out, soon ridden and dropped to 3rd, 4th from last, 4th of 19, 12l behind Johnny McGeeney (10-0) at Punchestown 2m ext hcp hdl gd.
Dancera (GER) 3-1 (11-4) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 4 out, improved to challenge before 2 out, ridden to lead 2 out, kept on well from before last, won at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hcp hdl 8Evens23 fm in Jun beating Duers (11-5) by 6l, 7 ran.
J'y Vole (FR) 14-1 (11-7) Held up in last, 5th at halfway, ridden and no impression from 4 out, 5th of 6, 40l behind Big Zeb (11-12) at Punchestown 2m chs G1 (1) gd.
Shirley Casper (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Prominent on outer, led 5th, mistake and headed 4 out, no extra after next, weakened, 8th of 16, well behind Coscorrig (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Chase (Listed) (5yo+) (1) gd in Apr.
Shop Dj (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd 3 out, ridden 2 out, no exta in 3rd and kept on same pace from last, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Knockfierna (11-3) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 2) (4yo+) gd in Apr.
What A Charm (IRE) 9-1 (10-6) In touch in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, tracking leaders next, challenging when bumped just before last, led flat, driven out, won at Cheltenham 2m 4yo nov hcp hdl Grd 3 (1) gd in Mar beating Kumbeshwar (11-7) by nk, 23 ran.