SACRE MALTA had Billybuster 15 lengths behind at Limerick on Thursday and a 6lb penalty looks nowhere near enough to prevent a follow-up as he could have won more easily if his rider had wished. Pretty Happy has just one victory to her credit after 37 runs over hurdles though she's consistent enough and could snatch a place again. World Citizen is only 2lb higher than when scoring at Downpatrick in September and should be considered in a race where most of the entries are out of form so a check at the betting market is advised.
Sacre Malta (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Waited with, progress to track leaders from 3 out, led before straight, clear 2 out, a little untidy last, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy beating Billybuster (10-9) by 15l, 10 ran.
Couleur De La Loi (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 17th of 19, 45l behind Misca Musca (10-11) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Thebarberkelly (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 16th of 23, 44l behind Captain Arceus (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Pretty Happy (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th approaching straight and went 4th 2 out, no impression in 3rd before last and kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Playing (11-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Uptick Rule (IRE) 20-1 (11-10) Towards rear, no impression from 3 out, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 45l behind Sacre Malta (11-5) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
Corbally (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Mid-division, no extra from 4 out, 12th of 16, well behind Happy New Year (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy.
Moonlone Lane (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, 17th of 20, well behind Tipped Up Harry (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Larsen Bee (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Prominent, 2nd before 3 out, soon lost place and no impression, 7th of 16, 25l behind Big Generator (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gf in Apr.
Happy Tobe Here (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from 3 out, 7th of 10, 37l behind Wingtips (11-9) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Sonic Beat (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, kept on same pace under pressure from after 2 out, 11th of 25, 23l behind Kitty's Lord (10-9) at Punchestown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in May '11.
Uneverknowwithjoe (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, no extra from 4 out, 16th of 18, well behind Doc Hollywood (11-4) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Well Insured (IRE) 4-1fav (11-11) Towards rear, some headway on outer in 8th after 4 out, 5th approaching straight, soon no impression, 6th of 12, 14l behind Koshere King (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec '10.
Billybuster (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Led and disputed, headed before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 2nd of 10, 15l behind Sacre Malta (11-5) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy.
World Citizen (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Settled 4th, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened from 3 out, 9th of 15, 42l behind Rating Queen (10-12) at Thurles 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Bally Folan Girl (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Led, ridden and headed before straight, soon no extra, 11th of 20, 42l behind Tipped Up Harry (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft.