Tommy Stack has a tremendous record in this so Roscommon winner Great Huzzar must be respected despite a poor final run at Tipperary. Richard Fahey will want to get his campaign up and running so Jeannie Galloway, the winner of five races and certain to be suited by the ground, has to be on the short-list under Paul Hanagan. Glor Na Mara lost his maiden tag at the 16th time of asking at Dundalk but that was over a mile while Six Of Hearts invariably needs his first run and has been beaten in this in previous years. Croisultan is a classy sprinter who can go well despite a big weight but Maarek has been raised 9lb for beating a huge field on heavy ground here in September. MOUNTAIN CORAL probably isn't quite up to this grade but fitness is a big advantage at this stage of the campaign and his recent form at Dundalk may just be good enough.
Croisultan (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Prominent, 2nd halfway, 3rd 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 7l behind Eton Rifles (9-4) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) sft in Oct.
Six of Hearts 16-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra 1f out, kept on same pace, 11th of 14, 3l behind Bajan Tryst (9-9) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Oct.
Maarek 15-2 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along and headway from 2f out, went 3rd 1f out, led under pressure 100 yards out and kept on well, won at Curragh 6f hcp sft in Sep beating Murura (8-13) by 1l, 25 ran.
Glor Na Mara (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, travelled well in 6th 2f out, quickened to lead 1f out, soon clear, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 3yo mdn stks pol in Nov beating Azores (9-0) by 4l, 13 ran.
Luisant 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden into 3rd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 1l behind Bajan Tryst (9-9) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Oct.
Colour Of Love (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Dwelt towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden and hung left over 1f out, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, won at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Nov beating Jack My Boy (8-13) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Jeannie Galloway (IRE) Evensfav (9-5) Made all, took keen hold, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Hamilton 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Sep beating Spinatrix (9-1) by 2l, 6 ran.
Great Huzzar (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Towards rear, no impression under pressure straight, 9th of 10, 9l behind Sean Og Coulston (9-5) at Tipperary 7f hcp in Jul.
Knock Stars (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden 2f out, 5th 1f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 4l behind Gordon Lord Byron (8-7) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Nov.
Mountain Coral (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, ridden and edged right over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong without troubling winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Joe Eile (9-2) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
My Girl Anna (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Held up, ridden in 7th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 8, 2l behind An Saighdiur (9-0) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol.