SUPREME CAROLINA looks the one to beat on her handicap debut as she appears to have been let in lightly following her battling success in a Leopardstown maiden at Christmas. Gates Of Rome mixes hurdling with chasing and produced his best run for a while over timber at Gowran so must be on the short-list. Darwins Theory hasn't run since October but had some decent form in good company and should be winning before too long, a remark that also applies to the well regarded Blacklough.
Just For Joe (IRE) 7-4 (11-6) Led, clear at stages, not fluent 4th, jumped left 3 out, pushed along 2 out, strongly pressed and joined last, headed and no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Best Served Cold (11-0) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl hvy in Oct '11.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) In rear, effort from 3 out, no impression on outer from 2 out, 9th of 10, 13l behind Mallowney (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl in Feb.
Blacklough (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Towards rear, 6th halfway, 5th 3 out but ridden early straight and no extra from next, 5th of 7, 18l behind Rathlin (11-9) at Clonmel 2m 4f hdl in Feb.
Darwins Theory (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, close up from 3 out, 3rd and challenged entering straight, led briefly approaching roaching 2 out, 2nd and no impression from last, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Run With The Wind (11-7) at Listowel 2m nh nov hdl hvy in Sep.
Crash (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) With winner on outside, every chance when fell 3 out, in a race won by Master Overseer (10-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Grade 3 hcp chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Gates Of Rome (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) Always prominent, not getting to winner from before last, kept on run-in, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Lookoutnow (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 hvy in Feb.
Headford Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 7th before 2 out, weakened, 11th of 15, 32l behind Carlingford Lough (10-11) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Aug.
I Hear A Symphony (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Prominent, mistake 8th, no extra flat, 6th of 11, 26l behind Bear's Affair (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl (2) sft in Dec.
Owennacurra Milan (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outer, 8th 2 out, no extra approaching last, 9th of 16, 17l behind Supreme Carolina (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Salesin 4-1 (11-12) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed before next, no extra, 5th of 6, 26l behind Free World (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f chs gs in Aug '11.
Supreme Carolina (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Settled towards rear, 12th approaching 2 out, headway on outer early straight and went 5th before last, kept on under pressure run-in to lead closing stages, won at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec beating Persian Gayle (11-2) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Galianna (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Waited with, slight mistake 3rd, 8th 5 out, soon no impression, 9th of 11, well behind Carrig Millie (11-7) at Thurles 2m 2f mrs beg chs sft in Feb.