This looks slightly better than this first division with Tribes And Banner, successful over 1m3f here last week, heading the weights. The winning hurdler and chaser could get outpaced over this trip, however. Knockgraffon Lad finally lost his maiden tag on the same card but is another for whom this distance looks on the sharp side while Daisy Mountain generally finds at least one too good, though was only beaten half-a-length over C&D two runs ago. HEIR TO THE MINT has also been struggling to get his head in front and was put up 2lb following his latest third over 7f here. But he can confirm that running with Almadaa and should go close today if a wide draw doesn't prove an inconvenience.
Tribes And Banner (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway in 7th under 2f out, switched 1 1/2f out, ridden in 5th 1f out, ran on to lead last 100 yards, kept on well, won at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol beating Mutasareb (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Ravissante (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, moderate 5th from 4f out, no extra from 2f out, last of 14, 29l behind Midnight Music (9-0) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp 55-85 hvy in Sep.
Kalacan (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 13th of 18, 22l behind Jills Ballet (9-2) at Curragh 1m app hcp 50-85 sft in Oct.
Chapter Nine (IRE) 33-1 (7-8) Held up towards rear, no impression over 3f out, weakened, last of 9, 21l behind Teach Nua (7-13) at Sligo 1m 2f hcp gd in Aug.
Knockgraffon Lad (USA) 12-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, improved to lead travelling well over 2f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol beating Word For Word (8-10) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Almadaa 7-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway into 8th 2f out, ridden in 6th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 14, 1 1/4l behind Ashton Rose (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Orafinitis (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden into 9th 2f out, no impression in 8th 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 5l behind Ashton Rose (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Zero Euro (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 10l behind Eastern Rules (8-13) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Heir To The Mint (USA) 14-1 (8-9) Led and disputed, ridden in close 2nd 2f out, kept on, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Ashton Rose (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Daisy Mountain (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, driven along in 6th over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Richelieu (8-12) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Lady Aoy (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Chased leader in 2nd, dropped to 3rd before straight, 6th and no extra from over 1f out, 6th of 14, 11l behind Russian View (9-4) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Oct '09.
Luckiest Owners (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Always towards rear on inner, never a factor, last of 12, 9l behind Iron Major (9-9) at Dundalk 7f clm stks pol in Jul.
Miss Fantastick (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Towards rear, no impression and kept on without threatening under pressure straight, 8th of 13, 9l behind Bonnie Acclamation (10-3) at Listowel 6f hcp 47-65 hvy in Sep.
Catadalya (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, no threat in straight, last of 7, 13l behind Teo's Sister (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 3yo fll stks gf in Jul.
Kucharova (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 17th of 18, well behind Fred Fenster (9-12) at Navan 1m 3yo hcp 50-80 sft in Oct.
Headache 4-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 4th of 10, 5l behind Kateeva (10-1) at Laytown 6f hcp 47-65 in Sep.
Senor Tommie (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, driven along 2f out, soon no extra, 11th of 14, 16l behind Appletreemagic (10-0) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-60 pol in Apr.