Fiery Oscar is very versatile and scored over the minimum trip at Thurles last week though he's equally adept over today's distance. Lisrose produced a shock when beating Caoimhe's Delight at Thurles but couldn't repeat the process when finishing a long way behind the same horse at Limerick. Blissful Moment had been threatening to win before doing so at Down Royal then started favourite for a much better race at Navan where he never got going. He's better than that while Lord Alfie has been running poorly since a surprise victory at Fairyhouse a year ago. SHERIKA scored over 3m at Limerick then just failed to hold off Swiftmarc over half-a-mile shorter at Clonmel last week. She's up another 5lb but Kevin Sexton's claim takes care of that and she can go one better.
Fiery Oscar (IRE) 10-3 (11-8) Held up, 7th halfway, progress into 4th 6 out, improved to narrow lead 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well under pressure from before last, won at Thurles 2m hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Mar beating Leap Dearg (10-11) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Lisrose (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up, a little slow at 3rd, jumped left 6th and 7th, ridden in last 6 out, no extra from 4 out, 7th of 8, 37l behind Caoimhe's Delight (11-0) at Limerick 2m 6f (1) hvy in Mar.
Zardsky (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 4 out, weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by Too Late To Sell (10-1) at Punchestown 3m 1f in Jan, 19 ran.
Blissful Moment (USA) 7-1fav (9-10) Mid-division early, towards rear halfway, no impression from 5 out, 13th of 16, well behind My Murphy (11-10) at Navan 3m nov chs sft in Mar.
Sherika (IRE) 5-2fav (10-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, progress into 2nd entering straight, led before 2 out where ridden, headed before last, under pressure in 2nd when mistake last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Swiftmarc (11-6) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 hvy.
Appletime (IRE) 33-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 14, 34l behind Kandinski (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f beg chase in Mar.
Lord Alfie (IRE) 12-1 (11-8) Mid-division, pushed along and dropped towards rear approaching 11th, no extra after 5 out, tailed off,, 12th of 18, well behind Sterling Stuff (11-0) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 sft in Dec.
Lascalahall (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, slight mistake 4th, 5th before 5 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 9th of 18, 47l behind Witness Of Fashion (10-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Feb.
Cross To Boston (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed 5 out until ridden and headed entering straight, no extra after 2 out, weakened, 7th of 9, 26l behind Carry Each Other (11-3) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Mar.