Lime Tree Valley completed a C&D double at this time a year ago, the first victory coming after a long break so the fact that he hasn't run since July shouldn't be a problem. Saint By Day ended his first campaign scoring over 1m3f here in November so it's a surprise to see him dropping back in trip on his return. Maybe Grace went up 6lbs for scoring here in October and has been dropped a couple of pounds despite two decent subsequent efforts. Better things will be expected of GRAND ADMIRAL this season as this close relative of the brilliant Johannesburg hasn't had too much racing and is 1lb lower than when scoring over the C&D in October.
Marias Dream (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden halfway, no impression, 16th of 27, 20l behind Poet (9-9) at Curragh 1m hcap hvy in Aug.
Lime Tree Valley (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden into 8th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 8th of 17, 7l behind Rose Hip (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m hcp 60-90 gf in Jul.
Maybe Grace (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, progress early straight, 3rd and challenged over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Grand Opera (9-10) at Dundalk 1m Ext hcp pol in Nov.
Grand Admiral (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and dropped to 8th 3f out, stayed on in moderate 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 11, 5l behind Seachantach (9-9) at Naas 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 gf in Jun.
Prince of Light (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Led, clear halfway, reduced advantage and strongly pressed straight, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra and weakened, 11th of 14, 8l behind Fourpenny Lane (9-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp 60-100 pol in Oct.
Putapriceonthat (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Towards rear, progress on inner early straight, 9th 1f out, kept on, 8th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Sciatin (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 60-90 pol in Nov.
Hujaylea (IRE) 20-1 (7-11) Mid-division, 9th and progress 3f out, kept on same pace from under 2f out, 8th of 22, 6l behind Big Robert (8-0) at Curragh 1m hcp 0-105 sft in Mar.
Azaboy (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Mid-division, 9th approaching straight, no impression from under 2f out, 10th of 14, 12l behind Casela Park (9-4) at Dundalk 1m hcp 55-80 pol in Mar.
Saint By Day (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, steady headway between horses in straight, 5th under 1f out, kept on well to lead inside final 100 yards, won at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 50-70 pol in Nov beating Suprise Vendor (9-12) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Star Links (USA) 9-2 (8-4) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Bea Menace (8-4) at Pontefract 1m 3yo clm (4) gf in Oct.
Miss Eze 9-1 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Hurakan (9-0) at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Riverbank (9-2) 8th of 16, 7l behind Ravenel (9-2) at Deauville(FR) 7f 3yo stks pol in Aug.
Initiation (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Keen hold, soon 3rd, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Curl Cat (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Nov.
Here Now And Why (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 9th of 10, 10l behind Citrus Star (9-4) at Windsor 5f 2yo hcp 0-95 (4) gf in Oct.
Little Bug (IRE) 9-2 (8-6) Tracked leaders in 4th, improved into 2nd and challenged 1f out, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Lord Kenmare (9-9) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 50-80 pol in Nov.
Eurosmart Lady (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 10th halfway, headway in 7th 2f out, ridden and no extra over 1f out, 16th of 23, 13l behind Packsapunch (9-3) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-75 sft in Oct.
Mesmerize Me 20-1 (8-9) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 8l behind Banna Boirche (9-2) at Dundalk 7f hcp 50-80 pol in Mar.