Gordon Lord Byron has been in superb form and is obviously on the upgrade but he probably has another 10lb to find against a couple of these on official ratings and would have had a better chance in the handicap later on the card. DUFF was conceding him 17lb when beaten less than a length over the C&D a fortnight ago and it's impossible to see the winner confirming the form on these terms. Edward Lynam's veteran remains in good heart and will take some beating though Angel's Pursuit is a big danger. David Marnane's colt is rated 3lb higher and receives 7lb here. He's run well fresh in the past so an absence since July shouldn't be too much of a problem. Rudolf Valentino is an intriguing entry having his first start for new connections as this very expensive former Ballydoyle inmate hasn't been seen since finishing behind Pathfork in the National Stakes of last year.
Copper Dock (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, ridden into 9th 2f out, no impression in 8th 1f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 13, 9l behind If Per Chance (9-11) at Dundalk 1m Apprentice Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Duff (IRE) 7-2fav (9-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd 2f out, ridden into 2nd 1f out, disputed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 4th of 14, 3/4l behind Gordon Lord Byron (8-7) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Nov.
Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Mid-division, 9th 2f out, headway in 3rd and veered left 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, pressed close home, won at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Nov beating Tell The Wind (8-8) by nk, 14 ran.
Supercharged (IRE) 9-2fav (9-1) Dwelt, held up towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Titus Gent (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
Angel's Pursuit (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, under pressure well over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 6l behind Prime Defender (9-4) at Doncaster 6f cond Stakes (3) gf in Jul.
Keeptheboatafloat (USA) 33-1 (9-9) Led, headed before halfway, ridden and weakened approaching straight, last of 14, 42l behind Acushladear (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Oct.
Rudolf Valentino 50-1 (9-1) Soon chased leaders, 3rd under pressure halfway, lost place over 2f out, no extra, 7th of 9, 15l behind Pathfork (9-1) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) in Sep '10.
Tornadodancer (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 12th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Bajan Tryst (9-9) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Oct.
Duke Of Rutherford (USA) 11-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 2f out, ridden and no extra over 1f out, 8th of 13, 11l behind Glor Na Mara (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
College Sam (IRE) 100-1 (9-8) Never a factor, 14th of 16, well behind Alabelle (9-0) at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo fll stks sft in Sep.
Dazzle Them (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Ashton Rose (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Prescient (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Settled back in mid-division on inner, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 7l behind Adam's Return (9-8) at Leopardstown 7f hcp 50-75 sft in Jul.
Savitskaya (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, eased final furlong, last of 18, 36l behind Redskin Dancer (9-0) at Naas 6f 2yo fll mdn gd in Oct '10.
Stick On Red (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Chased leaders early on inner, dropped to rear halfway, never a factor, last of 9, 20l behind McMonagle (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 3yo mdn stks pol in Jul.