Acting Talent had looked a certain future winner after a fine debut at Navan but failed to land the odds on her next two starts then ran poorly when dropped back to 5f at Tipperary. She makes her debut on Polytrack here. Count Of Carabass has improved on this surface though was receiving a stone when narrowly beaten by Wishyouwerehere in a handicap over track and trip three weeks ago when Political Policy stayed on into third. The latter again ran on well when tackling a mile last week so may need further. Timely Call couldn't handle testing ground when last seen at Listowel in September but in a moderate contest a chance is taken on Willie McCreery's newcomer THE BIG CAT, who is bred to be speedy and won't need to be a world-beater to make a winning start.
Acting Talent (USA) 9-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, niggled along halfway, no extra from under 2f out, 8th of 12, 13l behind Swift Action (9-0) at Tipperary 5f mdn stks gd in Aug.
Elzamay (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Lost considerable ground at start and bucked in early stages, always trailing, tailed off, last of 10, 28l behind Palace Of Winds (9-2) at Dundalk 1m pol in Jan.
Count Of Carabass (IRE) 5-2 (8-10) Broke well and prominent, tracked leader in 2nd, led under 2f out and edged left under pressure 1f out, no extra and headed final 50 yards, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Wishyouwerehere (9-10) at Dundalk 6f 3yo hcp pol in Jan.
Political Policy (IRE) 7-4fav (9-6) Held up in rear, headway on inner entering straight, ridden in 5th on inner 2f out, 3rd when short of room 1 1/2f out and switched to outer, kept on without threatening winner to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Master Of Time (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp pol in Jan.
The Big Cat (IRE) Footstepsinthesand gelding out of Abama Lady.
Timely Call (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Mid-division best, 9th approaching straight, soon no impression, 10th of 13, 23l behind Craftsman (9-5) at Listowel 7f 2yo mdn aut hvy in Sep.
Passified Lady (USA) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 7l behind Wind Inher Sleeves (9-0) at Dundalk 5f 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov.