Manalapan looked a nice prospect when narrowly beaten by Rule The World here last month but disappointed at Gowran three weeks later and will have to do better. Orator showed potential last season and was attempting to concede Majenta 5lb on his reappearance at Dundalk while Maggie Dalton looked badly in need of the experience on her belated debut here last July. Lake Nova will have benefited from his run behind Resolute Response at Naas and has to be a threat but a chance is taken on MAGICAL STEPS. The 270,000 dollar yearling made her debut over a mile here in August and though looking in need of the run caught the eye when staying on late. She can do better and is likely to start at a fair price.
Calling You (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no extra under 2f out, weakened, 9th of 12, 18l behind Epic Encounter (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Nov.
Zafarqand (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, pressed for 2nd from over 4f out until over 3f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Mount Athos (9-0) at Chester 1m 5f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Gooey (IRE) 40-1 (9-13) Never better than mid-division, 11th of 14, 11l behind Hanky Panky (9-0) at Naas 1m 3yo fll stks.
Maggie Dalton (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and took keen hold, 5th halfway, ridden early straight and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 7l behind Authorization (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks hvy in Jul.
Campestral Scene 10-1 (9-5) Soon chased leaders in 5th, no impression from 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 8l behind Hold The Line (9-5) at Limerick 1m 3yo mdn aut.
Dabadiyan (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd entering straight, kept on one paced, 4th of 16, 10l behind Trading Leather (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Hejaz (IRE) Manduro colt out of Halawanda.
Lake Nova (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Soon tracked leaders, closed into 2nd from 2f out, on terms briefly approaching 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Resolute Response (9-5) at Naas 1m 2f mdn stks.
Manalapan (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Prominent, led after 3f, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed under 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 14, 7l behind Safe Home (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo mdn sft in Apr.
Orator (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 2f out, headed under 1f out, kept on close home, 2nd of 11, nk behind Majenta (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol.
Street Party 14-1 (8-13) Rear of mid-division for most, never a factor, 13th of 14, 11l behind Washboard Sam (9-2) at Down Royal 7f 2yo mdn aut gd in Jul.
Weather Watch (IRE) Hurricane Run gelding out of Caravan Of Dreams.
Luna Forest (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor filly out of Lunadine.
Magical Steps (USA) 6-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden into 7th 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 6l behind Starbright (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2yo fll mdn in Aug.
Pearl Turn (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Majenta (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol.