THE ROSSMEISTER is on the upgrade and produced his best form on the flat when runner-up to Alajan at Tramore earlier this month. He was strongly fancied that day after previously scoring over timber at Cork and can recoup losses here. Connyella is also in good heart having scored over 1m1f at Gowran last month and finishing a good third to Force Of Habit at Fairyhouse. She is unproven over this trip but her style of running suggests she will be suited. Strandfield Lady does most of her running on polytrack and gained her only success to date at Dundalk in October. She has returned to turf in good style but this will be her third start in nine days and she's been raised a couple of pounds. Fascinating Paddy has run his best races over today's trip and should be losing his maiden tag before long while Mad Existence has run well on his two latest starts after a long break and can get involved in what looks an open contest.
Strandfield Lady (IRE) 12-1 (8-1) Held up towards rear, headway entering straight, 6th 1f out, stayed on well, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Cabin Point (8-8) at Roscommon 1m 2f hcp 50-75 gf.
Spring Hawk (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Close up, headway to chase leading pair 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Mekong Miss (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jan.
The Rossmeister (IRE) 5-2fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead from under 2f out, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Alajan (9-7) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 47-60 gf.
Connyella (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride and towards rear, headway on outer from halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on without threatening in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 16, 4l behind Force Of Habit (9-12) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-60 gd.
Soldier Of Mercy (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened from 3f out, 12th of 16, 13l behind Force Of Habit (9-12) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-60 gd.
Fascinating Paddy (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway on outer over 1 1/2f out, stayed on final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Cannot Give (8-13) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 47-60 gf.
Mad Existence (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) 5th early, lost place halfway, headway on inner 1 1/2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Cannot Give (8-13) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 47-60 gf.
Royal Approval 25-1 (9-13) Chased leaders early, weakened halfway, 9th of 10, 24l behind Royal Entourage (11-0) at Laytown 7f clm stks in Sep.
Angel Flight 6-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden into 8th 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 16, 7l behind Jeangeorges (9-1) at Listowel 1m hcp 47-60 gf.
Annees D'or (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, no extra from 3f out, last of 9, 31l behind Patio (9-1) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f cond Stakes gs in Sep '08.
Hawksbury Heights 16-1 (8-10) Raced wide, held up, never in contention, 12th of 13, 20l behind Russian Music (8-12) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Red Kingdom (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) 13th of 16, 35l behind Mamlook (9-5) at Wexford 1m 5f 3yo mdn gd in May '07.
Stella Matutina (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, hampered and struck rail entering straight, no extra, 11th of 16, 19l behind Tipper Road (8-13) at Limerick 1m 3f app hcp sft in Apr '09.
Vignelaure Rose (IRE) 22-1 (9-1) Rear of mid-division, kept on without threatening from before straight, 7th of 15, 11l behind Dusty Trail (9-4) at Clonmel 1m 2f hcp 47-60 gf in May.