Cheval Rouge ran a tremendous race in the Irish Lincoln on Sunday, staying on strongly over the mile. This is her trip and she's only been raised 1lb. RICH COAST was very consistent in France last year and made a promising start for new connections behind Steps To Freedom at Dundalk. He looks the one to be on as Diplomat, who loves heavy ground, has disappointed in his last two starts over timber but at least arrives fit enough. Mont Blanc won over 1m4f at Wexford in August and a mile on this track in October so this trip should prove ideal but Cleofila has a long absence to overcome and a big weight to carry.
Cleofila (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Chased clear leader, closer in 6th halfway, ridden entering straight and no extra in 7th under 2f out, 7th of 8, 18l behind Speaking Of Which (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in May.
Diplomat (USA) 3-1fav (9-6) Mid-division, some progress 3f out, ridden in moderate 5th 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 9l behind Offer (10-0) at Naas 1m 4f hcp hvy in Oct.
Rich Coast 4-1 (8-13) Settled in rear, well off pace approaching straight, closer 2f out and went 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 6, 8l behind Steps To Freedom (9-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f 4yo stk pol in Feb.
Balrath Hope (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Held up in touch, 8th halfway, headway on inner 3f out, 3rd briefly early straight, no extra from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 13l behind Miracle Cure (8-4) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov.
Cheval Rouge (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden into 8th 1 1/2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on final furlong to 2nd closing stages, no chance with winner, 2nd of 20, 4l behind Sweet Lightning (9-8) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) hvy.
Goldplated (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Always behind, eased from 1 1/2f out, last of 12, well behind Montebell (8-6) at Curragh 1m 4f fll hcp in Sep.
Castle Bar Sling (USA) 11-1 (9-5) Soon mid-division, 10th early, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 12th of 16, 9l behind Precious Stone (8-2) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp sft in Oct.
Mont Blanc 20-1 (9-1) Soon mid-division, niggled along in 6th into straight, challenged 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead closing stages, won at Cork 1m fll hcp 60-90 hvy in Oct beating Mamma Rosa (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Salacious Sally (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Mid-division, no impression straight, 14th of 16, 15l behind Sure Reef (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.