The race won by Atlas Peak from STERLING COOPER and Mea Parvitas last week should have major bearing on the outcome of this. The winner had dropped to a very lowly mark and has been raised 4lb so it's the runner-up who can take revenge as he was making his handicap debut and would have won over today's trip as he was clear entering the final furlong. Indigo Iris had shown ability in the UK and produced her best effort to date for new connections behind Red Laser a couple of weeks ago but Cookie Crumbles, though reasonably consistent, has yet to win a race in 23 starts. Richelieu dropped back to 6f to gain his first victory for a year three weeks ago and is best at that trip.
Pepparpot (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra 2f out, 11th of 14, 10l behind Shukhov (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Dec.
Sterling Cooper (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Prominent and led after 2f, ridden 2f out and kept on well under pressure, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Atlas Peak (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Jeangeorges (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Soon led, headed straight, soon no extra, 13th of 14, 24l behind Dimitar (9-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride and trailing in rear, no impression straight, 8th of 11, 6l behind Richelieu (8-10) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Mea Parvitas (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Mid-division, went 4th early straight and ridden in 3rd over 1f out, no impression under pressure inside final furlong and kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Atlas Peak (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Indigo Iris (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 4th 1f out, 2nd 1 1/2f out, no impression winner inside final furlong and disputed 2nd, 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Red Laser (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Punches Pious (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Waited with, ridden to chase leaders 1 1/2f out, soon no impression, kept on, 4th of 10, 8l behind Burn The Boats (9-7) at Dundalk 1m mdn clm pol in Jan.
Legal Lyric (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden entering straight and no impression, 9th and no extra well over 1f out, 9th of 12, 10l behind Atlas Peak (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Richelieu 9-2 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden in 10th on outer entering straight, progress from 1 1/2f out, 5th 1f out, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Bangalore Diamond (9-7) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Atlas Peak (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd early straight and ridden over 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong to lead close home, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Sterling Cooper (9-12) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Cookie Crumbles (IRE) 9-2 (8-8) Prominent in chasing group, closed 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace under pressure from 1f out, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Rigid Rock (10-0) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Nureyev's Boy (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon no extra, 11th of 14, 9l behind Red Laser (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Refuse Colette (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Red Laser (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Tamujin (IRE) 18-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outer, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, no impression in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Red Laser (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Dustland Fairytale (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Raced stand side, held up in touch, every chance over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Whitstable Native (9-2) at Folkestone 7f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Sep.
Pipers Choice (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th entering straight, 4f 1 1/2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Inishmot Duchess (9-7) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Charismas Birthday (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Soon led, ridden and headed under 2f out, no extra in 4th 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 5l behind Bangalore Diamond (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.