HARTSIDE is the only three-year-old in the line-up but will be very difficult to beat. Having won a 1m4f handicap on heavy ground at Tramore by 11l, he showed that stamina is no problem when defying a penalty over 2m at Wexford on Friday. Another 5lb penalty shouldn't be a problem and this could be his optimum trip. Marlos Moment gained his first-ever victory on his 25th start at Roscommon last Monday when Boxer Beat was behind but connections won't be pleased with an 8lb rise. Narjawa was in cracking form at this time a year ago but has been running poorly over hurdles. He's been given a break and back on a suitable rating is capable of better than he's been showing.
Narjawa (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Mid-division, moderate 7th from 4f out, no extra from over 1f out, 11th of 14, 22l behind Midnight Music (9-0) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp 55-85 hvy in Sep.
Second Glance (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Mid-division early, 4th halfway, ridden and lost place over 5f out, kept on one pace from 2f out, 7th of 13, 19l behind Our Nana Rose (9-1) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f app hcp 47-65 gd in Jul.
Hartside (GER) 4-5fav (8-11) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, improved to lead under 4f out, ridden and pressed 2f out, hung left, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Wexford 2m hcp 47-65 sft beating Mulleady (9-9) by 2l, 10 ran.
Marlos Moment 11-2 (9-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead 2 1/2f out, ridden 2f out, kept on well from over 1f out, won at Roscommon 1m 4f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) sft beating Articilitis (9-12) by 2 3/4l, 12 ran.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 5l behind Marlos Moment (9-9) at Roscommon 1m 4f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) sft.
The Black Russian (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear when saddled slipped early and rider lost irons, soon chased leaders, 6th and weakened halfway, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Donnas Palm (11-4) at Galway 1m 6f stks gd in Oct '10.