MAAREK made a successful reappearance when beating today's rival Scream Blue Murder in a Listed contest last season and went on to glory in the Prix L'Abbaye at Longchamp. He's changed stables and has a Group 1 penalty to carry this season but this isn't the toughest of races and he can make a winning return. Smoothtalkinrascal began last season in excellent form, winning twice. He performed in much better company later in the campaign and was never disgraced so this looks more his grade. Bold Thady Quill won this a year ago and has been running well over longer trips subsequently. He has the advantage of fitness while Morning Frost, a dual winner in France, is on the short-list on her first start for Michael Halford.
Maarek 7-2fav (9-0) Tried to anticipate start, slowly away, behind, pushed along halfway, never able to recover, 12th of 14, 10l behind Slade Power (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
An Saighdiur (IRE) 2-1 (10-1) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, under pressure and kept on inside final furlong, not match winner, 2nd of 3, nk behind Rummaging (9-12) at Dundalk 6f 3yo stks pol in Mar.
Arctic (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division and never a factor, pushed along and no impression from over 1f out, 11th of 16, 8l behind Francis Of Assisi (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Raced in 4th, pushed along approaching straight, no impression in 5th 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, last of 5, 8l behind Qewy (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m Listed stks (1) hvy.
Bubbly Bellini (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 12, 8l behind Great Minds (8-4) at Curragh 6f ext hcp in Mar.
Smoothtalkinrascal (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 12, 4l behind Hallelujah (8-9) at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Scream Blue Murder (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no extra under 2f out, 10th of 11, 9l behind Balmont Mast (9-6) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Morning Frost (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Sommerabend (9-1) at Deauville(FR) 7f Listed stks fbs in Dec.
Sendmylovetorose 25-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, ridden along and no extra from 2f out, eased when beaten inside final furlong, last of 7, 17l behind Slade Power (9-10) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 gd in Aug.
Remember You (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and no impression entering straight, no extra in 7th over 1f out, 7th of 9, 6l behind Bracelet (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) in Mar.