Star Links won a moderate handicap at Wolverhampton and is in good form, though this looks tougher. Karkari has been in winning form over timber but is likely to find this on the short side and Rambling Dancer looks to have a better chance on his second to Boynagh Joy here last month. The three-year-olds Kirsty's Boy and Mac Tiernan are progressing but those who witnessed LIGHTENING STRICKS demolish his rivals here on Saturday won't want to miss him this time and, though this is a stronger line-up, a quick follow-up looks on the cards.
Lightening Stricks (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, smooth headway to challenge early straight, led 1 1/2f out, stretched clear final furlong, easily, won at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol beating Hyden (9-1) by 7l, 10 ran.
Captain Henry (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Chased clear leader, moderate 6th halfway, ridden early straight, kept on well under pressure into 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Gargano (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol.
Karkari (IRE) 11-1 (9-7) Prominent early, soon chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra and weakened, 11th of 13, 33l behind Prince Chaparral (9-11) at Galway 1m 4f hcp 55-80 gf in Aug.
Nortburn 33-1 (9-4) Mid-division, kept on from over 1f out without reaching leaders, 7th of 30, 3l behind Boynagh Joy (9-6) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-75 in Oct.
Rambling Dancer (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Mid-division, progress under 2f out, 2nd over 1f out, kept on without threatening winner, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Boynagh Joy (9-12) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 60-76 pol in Nov.
Solid Air 4-1 (9-0) Chased leader, led after 1f, ridden and challenged 2f out, kept on, narrowly headed 1f out, soon disputed, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 7, 1 1/2l behind Napa Starr (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m hcp 60-90 gf in Jul.
Star Links (USA) 11-2 (9-10) Held up mid-division, not much room and squeezed through gap 3f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, soon led, kept on, driven out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct beating Nicholas Pocock (8-12) by nk, 9 ran.
Whiteball Wonder (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Mid-division, went 9th over 1f out, kept on without threatening, 7th of 27, 7l behind Ultra Cool (9-7) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-75 in Oct.
Zhukhov (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 13l behind Ingleby Arch (9-5) at Ayr 6f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Kirsty's Boy (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 4th and driven along halfway, headway under 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well under pressure, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov beating Miss Martinstown (9-4) by 1l, 13 ran.
Mac Tiernan (IRE) 9-2fav (8-7) Soon led and disputed, led straight and clear from over 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Navan 1m 3yo hcp 50-80 gd in Oct beating Confidence (9-0) by 2l, 15 ran.
Queen Andromache (USA) 10-1 (9-10) Prominent, quickened tempo to lead after 3f, narrowly headed entering straight, driven along from 2f out, no extra and weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 1/2l behind London Bridge (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-80 pol.
Marion Antoinette (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, weakened earley straight, 9th of 12, 8l behind Haveahaarth (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 pol.
Petit Chou (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed 1 1/2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 12, 6l behind Haveahaarth (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 pol.
Annakeen (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden straight, 5th 1f out, kept on, 4th of 12, 3l behind Haveahaarth (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 pol.
Positive Event (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Towards rear, 12th 3f out, 6th and headway under 2f out, 5th when not clear run and switched inside final furlong, ran on well close home, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Harry Days (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Chasing Angels (USA) 8-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, ridden straight, kept on without threatening from 1 1/2f out, 7th of 13, 6l behind Kirsty's Boy (9-11) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.