Joseph O'Brien's booking for Sparring Partner is interesting as he was on board when TRIBES AND BANNER beat him easily enough here in September. His mount isn't much better off here and the winner, who should get a good ride from Conor Hoban, has continued to run well and looks the one to be on. Darraghs Day also beat Sparring Partner here in April and has only run twice subsequently but a 9lb rise makes things much more difficult. It's difficult to know what to make of Mutasareb as he had shown nothing before gaining a shock victory over a slightly longer trip here last month.
Sparring Partner (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, 7th halfway, some headway early straight, went 3rd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 4l behind Tribes And Banner (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Mutasareb (USA) 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, travelled well in 2nd 2f out, soon challenged, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to lead final 150 yards, kept on well under pressure, won at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 pol in Nov beating The Frog Prince (8-11) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Rocky's Pride (IRE) 9-1 (9-12) Mid-division, 10th halfway, headway into 7th 2f out, ridden in 8th and no extra 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 14l behind Sun Disc (9-0) at Down Royal 1m 5f app hcp 47-65 gd in Sep.
Tribes And Banner (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden in 10th 2f out, stayed on in 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Shake The Bucket (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-70 pol in Oct.
Darraghs Day (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 11th 2f out, 9th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 14, 6l behind Marcus Attilius (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Shisha Threesixty (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th 3f out, no extra and kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 10l behind Oh What A Kitten (9-0) at Bellewstown 1m 3yo mdn aut gf in Jul.
Loveisthedrug (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Towards rear, ridden after halfway, moderate 6th over 2f out, weakened, 7th of 8, 20l behind Curl Cat (11-11) at Laytown 7f amt stk in Sep.
Mill Moss (IRE) 66-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd approaching straight, no impression from 2f out, last of 11, 40l behind Jazz Girl (9-1) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f stks 0-80 in Sep.
Private Ryan (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th entering straight, soon weakened, 12th of 17, 14l behind Legendary Times (8-11) at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 47-65 gf in Aug.
Tara Tartan (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, 6th early, no impression under pressure into straight, 10th of 13, 10l behind Bonnie Acclamation (10-3) at Listowel 6f hcp 47-65 hvy in Sep.
Revolutionary Road 12-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 2f out, ridden in 5th and no extra 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 6l behind Captain Henry (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Byron Beauty (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden to chase leaders and no impression from over 1f out, kept on without threatening, 5th of 12, 9l behind Goldplated (9-9) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-70 gd in Jul.
Killarney Time (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no impression early straight, went 4th 1f out, kept on under pressure, 4th of 15, 1 1/2l behind Elizabeth Coffee (9-9) at Clonmel 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Sep.
Red Allie (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon no extra, 10th of 14, 8l behind Ashton Rose (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Try Freedom (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 2f out, ridden in 5th and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 10l behind Flavia Tatiana (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-70 pol in Oct.
Shirley Schmidt (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Jumped awkwardly and saddle slipped, soon chased leaders in 3rd, dropped to 7th halfway, weakened 4f out, eased straight and tailed off, last of 13, 50l behind Mutasareb (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Bleuker (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Mid-division, 10th early straight, went 6th under pressure 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Gap Of Dunloe (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.