A tough finale for punters with several running well but none in winning form. First Friday just failed to double his winning tally on the track when caught in the dying strides by La Oliva over a slightly shorter trip a fortnight ago with Blue Ridge Lane staying on into third. Trans City couldn't cope with the in-form Balmont Flyer on his last two starts but that's no disgrace and it's about time he was winning, a remark that also applies to NOVERRE PRINCESS. Joanna Morgan's mare has finished runner-up here on four occasions and couldn't have got much closer to Days Ahead last time. She's gone up in the weights despite not winning but this looks a good opportunity to finally get off the mark. The Pott Reidy wasn't too far behind in that latter race but his strike-rate isn't inspiring.
First Friday (IRE) 10-3fav (9-10) Always prominent, tracked leaders in 3rd, headway to dispute early straight and ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, headed narrowly inside final furlong and kept on under pressure, rallied near line, just failed, 2nd of 14, shd behind La Oliva (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Trans City (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Mid-division, progress into 4th and ridden 2f out, soon 2nd, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Balmont Flyer (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Noverre Princess (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to challenge 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, headed final 100 yards and no extra, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Days Ahead (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Tortueuse (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden to challenge 3f out, no extra 2f out, 7th of 12, 11l behind Edeymi (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Jan.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, 10th approaching straight, ridden and some headway in 7th 2f out, switched left inside final furlong and kept on well, not reach leaders, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind La Oliva (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Casimir Road (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra entering straight, 11th of 14, 21l behind Call Me Bubbles (9-0) at Galway 1m 4f stks sft in Aug.
Stay In My Heart (IRE) 9-4 (8-9) Settled in 4th, headway into 2nd 4f out, driven along and no impression on winner from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Zabana (9-5) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo mdn sft in Oct.
Bad Cigar (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Mid-division, no impression and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 9th of 15, 22l behind Go Native (11-0) at Galway 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) sft in Oct.
City Line (IRE) 20-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, weakened from 2f out, 12th of 14, 16l behind Raydari (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Horsewithnoname (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Led and disputed, ridden and challenged 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon no extra, 10th of 14, 7l behind Dashing Duchess (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
The Pott Reidy (USA) 16-1 (8-7) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden into 4th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Days Ahead (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Tinas Exhibition (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Chased leaders, 5th approaching 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 9l behind Cognomen (8-9) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f hcp 47-65 sft in Jun.
Squealy's Daughter (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) In rear, no impression from 3f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind South South West (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Valley Of Stars (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, 6th before straight, kept on same pace from 2f out, 9th of 14, 6l behind Balmont Flyer (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Habesh (IRE) 33-1 (7-13) Chased leaders, closer in 2nd at halfway, ridden entering straight, dropped to 3rd and no extra final furlong, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Sure Reef (8-12) at Galway 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Legal Lyric (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Mid-division, 6th 2f out, soon hampered, not clear run 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, 4th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Cookie Crumbles (8-8) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.