A couple of these stand out on recent form. Samollie beat Timar, Gold Falcon, Wellmarked and Bangalore Prince when scoring by a short-head here three weeks ago but is no good thing to confirm running and ALVAR looks a safer proposition. He won over C and D last month before going close again over a longer trip here and Mick Halford's charge is just preferred to the less-exposed Roter Baron, third at this track on his latest start.
Samollie (IRE) 7-2fav (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec beating Pierre D'or (10-0) by hd, 13 ran.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, weakened from 2f out, 11th of 13, 6l behind Samollie (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Tamam Namoose (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders early, dropped behind and eased straight, tailed off, reported to have lost action, last of 13, well behind Jappeli (8-8) at Listowel 6f 3yo hcp hvy in Sep.
Alvar (USA) 4-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden to challenge 1f out, disputed final 100 yards, 2nd and held closing stages, 2nd of 13, nk behind Clare Harrier (8-13) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Roter Baron (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 7th before halfway, switched towards outer from under 2f out, stayed on well under pressure without getting there final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Dimitar (9-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Wellmarked (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression from over 2f out, 7th of 13, 4l behind Samollie (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Majestic Timeline (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, weakened 2f out, 12th of 13, 11l behind Faleena (9-10) at Navan 6f 3yo hcp 47-75 sft in Jun.
Timar (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Mid-division, pushed along towards rear halfway, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 14, 6l behind Bangalore Diamond (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Atlas Peak (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 13, 6l behind Alvar (8-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Bangalore Prince (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Prominent, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression, 8th of 13, 5l behind Samollie (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Booster Rocket (IRE) 33-1 (7-8) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 9, 8l behind Chois The Idea (9-10) at Cork 6f 3yo hcp sft in Jun.
Pesdivo (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Rear of mid-division, rear and ridden 3f out, no extra, last of 14, 14l behind The Reek (8-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Refuse Colette (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) In rear, some progress entering straight, 8th 2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Alvar (8-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Sweet Annathea (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Soon mid-division, struggling to get there when squeezed for room 1f out, kept on, 8th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Rigid Rock (10-0) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.