TARLA, who won a Grade 3 over hurdles here in October, was sent chasing subsequently and after an easy debut victory fell on her next two starts. She reverted to hurdling with a game all-the-way success over the useful Rebel Fitz at Cork and will be very difficult to peg back here. Stablemate Glens Melody has done very little wrong and though put in her place by Annie Power in the Mares Championship Final at Fairyhouse time is likely to tell she was taking on a very classy performer. Oilily was well behind the selection at Cork but ran well for a long way and, as that was her first start since last July, she can get much closer. Nick Williams sends Swincombe Flame from the UK and she ran a fine race behind Quevega in the Mares Hurdle at Cheltenham when Shadow Eile was three lengths behind.
Glens Melody (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Tracked leader in close 3rd, short of room on inner 3 out, soon checked and badly bumped, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression on easy winner from 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Annie Power (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f Mares Novice Hurdle (Grade 1) (4yo+) (1) sft in Mar.
Oilily (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in 4th early, headway into 3rd halfway, 2nd 6 out, ridden and no extra before straight, 3rd entering straight dropped to 4th before 2 out, 4th of 5, 28l behind Tarla (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f hdl hvy in Mar.
Shadow Eile (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Mid-division on inside, headway to go 2nd 2 out, every chance last, ridden and no extra in 4th flat, 4th of 19, 7l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) sft in Mar.
Swincombe Flame 40-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led before 6th, headed approaching 3 out, ridden and every chance last, kept on same pace in 3rd flat, 3rd of 19, 3 1/2l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) sft in Mar.
Tarla (FR) 13-8 (11-5) Made all, challenged 4 out, led entering straight, challenged 3 out, pushed out to assert before last, kept on strongly, comfortably, won at Cork 2m 4f hdl hvy in Mar beating Rebel Fitz (11-12) by 5l, 5 ran.