Gold Falcon has decent claims having just failed to catch the winner over a mile here last week. He can race off the same mark today but Phils Wish has gone up 3lb for finishing runner-up over track and trip last time with TSAR PAUL a length further back in third. That was the latter's first start since June last year and with improvement expected, he looks set to end a long losing run here. Doonard Prince and Aragorn Icon finished further behind in the same race and the former has a shout in this while Reposer could get involved having tumbled down the weights last term.
Malicious Intent (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, dropped to 10th and no extra from over 1f out, 10th of 12 Storm Lightning (9-1) at Navan 5f App hcp hvy in Oct.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Rear of mid-division, headway into 8th 3f out, switched out 2f out, ridden into 4th 1f out, kept on in 2nd final furlong, pressed winner closing stages, 2nd of 14, hd behind Esytopolishadimond (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Reposer (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Led until over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 16l behind Bassett Road (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.
Samollie (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden in 10th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 10th of 14, 8l behind Atlas Peak (8-8) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Sujet Bellagio 10-1 (9-8) Held up, ridden 3f out, no impression straight, 7th of 10, 7l behind Pre Tax Profit (9-12) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Mar.
Tsar Paul (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) In rear, ridden 3f out, 10th on outer 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Slipper Orchid (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Phils Wish (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, improved to lead and ridden 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed under 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Slipper Orchid (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
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 '11.
Doonard Prince (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Mid-division, ridden in 6th 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Slipper Orchid (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Dustland Fairytale (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, switched towards outer from 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 9th of 14, 6l behind Indian Landing (10-0) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Aragorn Icon (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) In rear, some modest late headway from 1 1/2f out, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Slipper Orchid (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Byron Beauty (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 10l behind Tribes And Banner (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec '11.
Guess Who (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Towards rear and driven along early, progress on far rail halfway, 5th over 1f out, kept on, 7th of 15, 7l behind La Canaada (8-6) at Navan 5f app hcp 47-65 in Oct.
Refuse Colette (IRE) 16-1 (8-0) Tracked leaders, took keen hold and led after 2f, strongly pressed and headed over 1f out, no extra (finished 8th and placed 7th), 7th of 13, 6l behind Gold Falcon (9-4) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.