SCRAPPER BLACKWELL just failed to catch Vinson Massif over the C&D in August and was expected to appreciate the extra furlong on a return visit a month later but was caught in the closing stages by Made In Design. It should be his turn tonight though Abstraction made a very promising debut at Down Royal in September where he was caught right on the line by Quinine. That form hasn't worked out brilliantly, however, but Red Queen showed very good pace to chase home Scatty Cat on very heavy ground at Cork and is likely to do better facing Polytrack for the first time. Beau Satchel was around 4l behind her that day but he's out of a mare who won on the all-weather so should be at home on the surface. Tommy Stack's newcomer Your Pal Tal shouldn't have a problem with the surface as he's a half-brother to an all-weather winner and Interim is a half-sister to the Cheveley Park winner Lightening Pearl.
Abstraction (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Prominent and disputed, narrow lead over 2f out, ridden and kept on from over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong and headed close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Quinine (9-0) at Down Royal 5f 2yo mdn in Sep.
Beau Satchel 6-1 (9-2) A little uneasy in stalls, dwelt, always last of the 4, niggled before halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from under 2f out, last of 4, 6l behind Scatty Cat (9-5) at Cork 5f 2yo stk hvy in Oct.
Horseware Express (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon no extra, 11th of 16, 12l behind Gift From Heaven (9-0) at Fairyhouse 6f 2yo mdn hvy in Sep.
In Salutem 7-1 (9-5) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, no impression in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 5l behind Mouteab (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Sep.
Monamintra Whip (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 27l behind Beyond Thankful (9-5) at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn in Oct.
Salvado (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Always behind, last of 12, 20l behind Francis Of Assisi (9-5) at Naas 6f mdn stks hvy in Oct.
Scrapper Blackwell 4-5fav (8-13) Broke well and soon disputed lead, led under 2f out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed under 1f out, no extra close home, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Made In Design (8-11) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Sep.
Your Pal Tal Dark Angel colt out of Good Health.
Cobblers Cove (USA) 25-1 (8-11) Mid-division, no impression straight, 9th of 12, 9l behind Made In Design (8-11) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Sep.
Interim Elusive City filly out of Jioconda.
Red Clasp (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra final furlong, last of 9, 5l behind All Ablaze (8-4) at Dundalk 5f 2yo hcp pol in Sep.
Red Queen (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Led some of the way to start, a little uneasy in stalls, soon disputed lead, headed approaching final furlong, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind Scatty Cat (9-5) at Cork 5f 2yo stk hvy in Oct.
Rose In Winter (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 11th of 12, 13l behind Yulong Baoju (9-0) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol in Aug.
Sylvan Mist (IRE) Footstepsinthesand filly out of Silview.