Our Max has had the requisite three runs for a handicap mark, all on Turf, and though improving he looks a bit high in the weights. Mick Halford runs Alvor, Victor's Beach and RED LASER. The former pair won here on their penultimate starts, but Alvar could just need the run after a long absence and it's the latter, who looked ready to win again soon following a fine run behind Woodsophiesmile here, looks the one to be on. Caged Lightning scored the last time he ran here and is well enough treated to make his presence felt.
Lightening Stricks (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th 2f out, no impression, 9th of 13, 11l behind Iron Major (9-8) at Curragh 7f App hcp gf in Sep.
Our Max 11-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear early, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, kept on to 3rd 1f out, no impression leaders final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Sister Slew (9-0) at Galway 7f 3yo mdn in Jul.
Caged Lightning (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway and wide straight, 15th and no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 18, 7l behind Diesel Ten (9-12) at Navan 1m 3yo hcp sft in Oct.
Hes Our Music (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Dwelt, took keen hold towards rear on inner, headway from 3f out, ridden in 7th on inner 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 17, 7l behind Dysios (9-1) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80 in Oct.
Measured Approval (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Mid-division early, towards rear and pushed along halfway, no impression 2f out, 12th of 14, 12l behind Apache Gold (8-2) at Cork 6f App hcp in Oct.
Harley's Harley (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Towards rear, headway into 9th and no impression from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 9th of 18, 8l behind Diesel Ten (9-12) at Navan 1m 3yo hcp sft in Oct.
Ningaloo Reef (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, ridden in 10th 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 11th of 17, 13l behind Star Links (9-11) at Galway 1m hcp 50-75 gd in Sep.
Alvar (USA) 4-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 6th approaching straight, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Bualadh Croi (8-7) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Mar.
Victor's Beach (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Rear of mid-division, switched towards outer from 2f out, ridden into 8th 1f out, kept on without threatening, 8th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Doc Holliday (9-3) at Dundalk 1m pol in Oct.
Enigma Code (UAE) 20-1 (8-2) Tracked leader and 4th halfway, ridden early straight and no extra in 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 8l behind Gunner Lindley (8-11) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp sft in Oct.
Moonbi Creek (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Soon towards rear, 12th before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 12th of 14, 15l behind At Boolavogue (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f pol in Oct.
Red Laser (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden along in 5th 3f out, 4th 2f out, led over 1f out, soon strongly pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Woodsophiesmile (9-1) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Have A Nice Day 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 12th of 30, 6l behind C'est Ma Souer (9-3) at Curragh 7f hcp gd in Oct.
Three Bells (IRE) 14-1 (7-11) Chased leaders, 7th 2f out, dropped to 10th and no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 7l behind More Questions (8-8) at Navan 5f App hcp sft in Oct.
Daliyan (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 7l behind The Black Devil (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Aug.