Cailin Coillteach scored over the C&D then defied a 7lb rise to complete a double over an extra furlong when previous winner Naoise wasn't far behind. Willie McCreery's filly is probably capable of better but she has plenty to do against CHARISMAS BIRTHDAY, who gets the vote. Philip Byrne's filly was just over a length behind in the first of those races and, as that was only her second start since September and she's much better off at the weights, this should prove within her capabilities. Alvar wasn't too far behind in that event and is another who can do better while UK raider Gala Spirit is consistent enough but rarely wins.
Khelino (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Prominent and disputed lead, close 2nd 2f out, soon no extra and weakened from 1f out, 13th of 14, 9l behind Mountain Coral (9-7) at Dundalk 6f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Dec.
Red Army Blues (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Jumped awkwardly, towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 2 1/2l behind An Saighdiur (9-0) at Dundalk 6f hcap pol in Feb.
Cailin Coillteach 5-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway in 7th 2f out, ridden into 3rd 1f out, stayed on final furlong to lead close home, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb beating Forbidden City (8-12) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Primalova (IRE) 11-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Copper Dock (9-5) at Dundalk 5f hcap pol in Feb.
Daring Man (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, weakened quickly from 4f out, pulled up over 1f out, in a race won by Maundy Money (8-9) at Tipperary 7f hcp 60-100 hvy in Oct, 10 ran.
Curl Cat (USA) 25-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 10, 10l behind Rocky's Pride (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 4yo stk pol in Feb.
Gala Spirit (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4l behind Piccolo Express (9-5) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Naoise (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 2nd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Cailin Coillteach (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Rose Garnet (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, travelled well 2f out, ridden in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 5l behind Richelieu (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Alvar (USA) 8-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden 2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Cailin Coillteach (8-8) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Charismas Birthday (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden into 3rd 1f out, kept on to challenge closing stages, no extra close home, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Cailin Coillteach (8-8) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Desert Al (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression in 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 3l behind Cailin Coillteach (8-8) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
The Gnathologist (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no extra 3f out, 11th of 15, 16l behind Fairy Wing (9-6) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 47-60 gd in Aug.
The Yellow Bin (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 12l behind Danick Of Time (9-5) at Dundalk 1m Apprentice Maiden Stakes (4yo+) pol in Feb.
Light Footsteps (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Soon chased leaders, closer in 5th approaching straight, struggling from 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 9th of 11, 28l behind Sikara (9-1) at Cork 1m fll hcp 60-90 sft in Oct.