BETTER TIMES, who made a winning bumper debut two years ago and finished an excellent runner-up on his return to action last year, hasn't been seen since falling in January but is potentially useful and hopefully will be fit enough on his comeback. If not then Hair Oil Jimmy will provide a strong alternative as he was having only his fifth career start when an excellent runner-up to Reizovic at Naas and has the scope to do even better. Philip Fenton's ex-point-to-pointers are always worth a look and though Frankie Flowers promised more than he produced between the flags he'll make progress this campaign. A Fine Young Man easily won a Naas bumper on his debut in March last year and Avoca King can surely do better than he's shown so far over timber.
A Fine Young Man (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Led, headed 4f out, ridden to regain lead over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Naas 2m NH flat sft in Mar '10 beating Seafield (11-7) by 4l, 13 ran.
Avoca King (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th 5 out, no impression approaching 2 out, 11th of 14, 37l behind My Murphy (11-4) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Better Times (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders when fell 5th, in a race won by Skorcher (11-9) at Thurles 2m 6f mdn hdl in Jan, 18 ran.
High Treason (USA) 33-1 (8-8) Held up in rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 9th of 15, 26l behind Dusty Trail (9-12) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 sft in Sep (flat).
Duc D'Anjou (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 8th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 10th of 18, 44l behind Sea Of Thunder (11-4) at Thurles 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) gd in Oct.
Frankie Flowers 5-4 (12-0) Alw pr, disp from 4out, not go with wnr from 2out, ko, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Count Salazar (12-0) at Milltown 3m ire ptp gs.
Hair Oil Jimmy (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Always prominent, led from 2nd, kept on well from early straight, strongly pressed and headed soon after last, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 25, 3l behind Reizovic (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Hidden Shamrock (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 16th of 25, 39l behind Reizovic (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Sea Fort (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up, driven along halfway, no extra from 5f out, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind One Cool Tornado (12-0) at Sligo 2m N H flat gd in Jul '10.
Tulla Emerald (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Led and disputed, headed straight, no extra and ran out last, in a race won by My Murphy (11-4) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Oct, 14 ran.
West Cork Flash (IRE) 7-4 (12-0) Chsd ldrs, prog to ld 4out, 1l adv 3out, closely prssed from 2out & outjumped last, so best flat, won at Kinsale 3m ire ptp sft in Oct beating Coursey Rover (12-0) by hd, 10 ran.
Beabus House (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Towards rear for most, never a factor, tailed off, 16th of 20, well behind Jetson (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Galzig (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division, chased leaders in 8th when bad mistake 2 out, kept on one pace, 11th of 25, 22l behind Reizovic (11-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl.
Hampshire Cross (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 9th of 14, 29l behind Rossa Parks (10-8) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl gd.
Nora D (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened from 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Whatwillwecallher (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f mdn hdl sft, 13 ran.
Sek Dirha (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up 2f out, in a race won by Bubbly Bruce (11-7) at Thurles 2m N H flat sft in Feb '10, 15 ran.
Simon Says (IRE) 66-1 (10-6) Led, headed 3 out, no extra and dropped to rear before next, weakened, last of 4, well behind Texas Jack (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f nov hdl sft.
Springfort Diva (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Towards rear, went moderate 8th 2 out, kept on same pace, 8th of 16, 32l behind Savello (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Flaming Hymn 25-1 (11-7) Tracked leader on inner, 3rd halfway, ridden approaching straight and dropped to 7th 2f out, kept on one pace under pressure, 5th of 11, 22l behind Its The Ice I Like (11-7) at Clonmel 2m N H flat sft.
Novedevichy (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 10th halfway, headway into 6th 5 out, ridden and no extra before straight, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Campbonnais (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f beg chase gd in Apr, 16 ran.