Gort Na Mona finally got off the mark in a C&D maiden a month ago but it was a moderate event and she faces tougher opposition here. Aragorn Rouge was conceding a stone to Fairy Wing when beaten less than a length over a mile last week and had won over this trip previously. He's an obvious threat while in such good form but Megan Carberry's claim may just swing things the way of SHAKE THE BUCKET. The young jockey gained her first success on Boots Madden's charge a fortnight ago and a 3lb rise will be no problem. Shisha Threesixty disappointed when fancied last week after his victory in January and Akinspirit may need the run after a break since October. Peggarty makes her handicap debut after showing potential but the betting is best watched.
Aragorn Rouge 4-1fav (10-0) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Fairy Wing (9-0) at Dundalk 1m Handicap (60-75) (4yo+) pol in Feb.
Akinspirit (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Mid-division best, no impression over 2f out, 13th of 22, 14l behind Tupelo Honey (9-4) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80 sft in Oct.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, pulled way into 2nd 3f out, 3rd 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, stayed on to narrow lead inside final 100 yards, kept on well under pressure, won at Dundalk 1m 4f Apprentice Handicap (55-75) (4yo+) pol in Feb beating Johnnys Legacy (9-7) by nk, 7 ran.
Solid Air 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 2f out, last of 10, 12l behind Rocky's Pride (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 4yo stk pol in Feb.
Gort Na Mona (USA) 10-11fav (9-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden into 2nd 1 1/2f out, challenged 1f out, kept on final furlong to lead on line, won at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Feb beating Passion Planet (9-0) by shd, 9 ran.
Peggarty (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra in 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 5l behind Prince Of Fire (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Jan.
Shisha Threesixty (IRE) 7-2fav (9-9) Led, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 5l behind East Of Tara (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.