FEDERICI warmed to his task as the race unfolded at Limerick on Sunday and looked a progressive hurdler. He arrives here with a 6lb penalty which doesn't look enough to prevent a follow-up. Billybuster won here and at Wexford in October before beaten on his hat-trick attempt when 7lb higher and faces another stiff task. Kalaroa won a maiden here in October but has run poorly since and though Pleased As Punch makes a quick reappearance after her placed effort at Limerick on Friday she was beaten almost 14l and is still a maiden.
Federici 11-2 (11-8) Soon mid-division, improved to track leaders approaching straight, on terms 2 out when not fluent, soon led and stayed on well run-in,, won at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-103 hvy in Dec beating Sacre Malta (11-5) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Billybuster (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Led, still narrow leader 2 out, headed and dropped to 3rd last, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 16, 6l behind Luke's Benefit (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Dec.
Kalaroa (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Close up, pushed along and lost place after 3 out, no extra from before straight,, 12th of 15, 48l behind Afatcat (10-11) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.
Pleased As Punch (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Rear of mid-division, progress into 5th 4 out, ridden in 4th and no impression before straight, kept on one pace straight, 3rd close home, 3rd of 17, 14l behind De Chissler (11-1) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Perfect Focus (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Towards rear, no impression from before straight, kept on, 12th of 20, 22l behind Lancing (11-3) at Cork 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Aug.
Ask Joe (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Soon mid-division, ridden and no extra before 4 out, 11th of 17, 36l behind Royal Flight (11-7) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.
Black Waterfall 33-1 (10-4) Prominent and 2nd halfway, pushed along and losing place when stumbled before 2 out, no extra, 10th of 16, 12l behind Sir Loujay (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Oct.