As ever this great fixture begins with a low-grade hunters event and once again Enda Bolger is very well represented. Nina Carberry rides Be Positive while Derek O'Connor is on board Phar And Away so neither will lack expertise in the saddle. Robbie McNamara's presence on board Remarkable Man will ensure support while Kanesh and Finea are consistent between the flags and can go well. LORD HAWKFIELD finished runner-up to Zest For Life a year ago and looks as though he's been primed for a repeat so is taken to go one better.
Commanchewardance (IRE) 6-4 (12-2) Ld/disp, clr 2l ldr 7th, hdd 8th, regn ld 11th, 5l clr 12th, rdn & hdd 5out, qckly drpd to rr, wknd & pu 3out, in a race won by Rocket Man (12-2) at Lisronagh 4m ire ptp gs, 6 ran.
Kanesh (IRE) 3-1 (11-6) Tr ldr, 2nd 1/2way, dropped to 3rd and no extra str, last of 3, well behind The Last Derby (12-2) at Castletown-Geoghegan 3m ire ptp sft.
The Mull (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Slow jumps 1st and 2nd, soon disputed lead, mistake 11th, headed after next, 5th 5 out, dropped to moderate 10th after 3 out and no impression, kept on from next,, 5th of 12, 18l behind Hix Fix (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hts chs sft.
Enniskillen (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and no extra 4 out, weakened, 8th of 12, well behind Easyondeye (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs sft in Mar.
Fade Away (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Held up, closer order 4 out, 6th approaching straight, soon no impression,, 10th of 12, 40l behind Hix Fix (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hts chs sft.
Finea (IRE) 20-1 (11-6) Ww, steady prog to ldrs 5out, ld bef 4out, hdd 2out, no ch with wnr, ko, 2nd of 12, dis behind Vital Plot (12-2) at Oldcastle 3m ire ptp gs.
Golden Moments (IRE) 10-1 (12-2) Never better than mid-div, 12th of 14, 49l behind Easyondeye (12-2) at Horse And Jockey 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Linnel (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden into moderate 7th before 3 out, no extra before 2 out, weakened and tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Easyondeye (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs sft in Mar.
Lord Hawkfield (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Prominent early, jumped left 1st and 3rd, soon chased leaders, dropped towards rear before 12th, pulled up before 13th, in a race won by Love Rory (11-11) at Punchestown 3m crs cntry chs (5yo+) hvy in Feb, 16 ran.
Ma Chara (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Mid div, prog to jnd ldr 6th, wo apr 9th, hdd 16th, wknd to 5th at 13th, lst tch 15th, eased 5out, pu 3out, in a race won by Rocket Man (12-2) at Lisronagh 4m ire ptp gs, 6 ran.
Remarkable Man (IRE) 3-1 (12-2) Pr & disp ld with wnr, not qckn from 3out, rdn & ko onepce from 2out, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Chestnut Friar (11-11) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gd in Dec.
Sam Cavallaro (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) In tch to 1/2 way, twrds rr but in tch when fell 4out, in a race won by Walden (12-2) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp gd, 7 ran.
Stonesinmypocket (IRE) 4-1 (12-2) Mid div, 7th 1/2way, rdn in 4l 4th 3out, not qckn with ldrs in mod 4th appr str, ko usp str, 4th of 12, 15l behind Rohan's Pride (11-6) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gs.
Bamba's Crown (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Soon towards rear, slightly hampered 9th, soon no danger and pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Pops Well (11-2) at Cork 3m mares mdn hunt chs, 20 ran.
Nhakira (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Mid div, 5th & rddn 5out, 6th & well btn aftr 4out, so frm 2out & went fair 4th cl home, nev a dngr, 4th of 7, 6l behind Ballydague Lady (12-2) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Mar.
Be Positive (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Towards rear, progress on outer 4 out, 5th approaching straight, soon no impression, slight mistake 2 out,, 9th of 12, 38l behind Hix Fix (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hts chs sft.
Phar And Away (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden in 8th 4 out, no impression before next, moderate 5th last, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 24l behind Easyondeye (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs sft in Mar.
Wish Ye Didnt (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Oscar Barton (10-11) at Cork 2m 4f hts chs.