It's a while since Home Secretary showed any worthwhile form but the nine-year-old Total Excitement is still capable off this sort of mark. As the only three-year-old guaranteed a run Szabo's Destiny, who had an outing over hurdles 12 days ago, warrants a second look but Gordon Elliott looks to have stronger claims with ALUBARI. He ran really well on his first start for new connections over this trip on the Polytrack at Wolverhampton and will strip fitter here so gets the vote. Citizenship won over hurdles at Punchestown last month and has won on an artificial surface in the past. He also deserves a mention while Prince Of Fashion is only a pound higher than when second over 1m3f here last time and could prove the pick of the remainder.
Home Secretary 8-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 11th of 14, 9l behind Denny Crane (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 60-90 pol in Oct.
Avanti Albert (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Settled in rear of mid-division, 12th entering straight, travelled well and some headway into 9th 1f out, kept on, 8th of 14, 4l behind Key Breeze (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Confidence (USA) 14-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division for most, never a factor, 11th of 14, 16l behind Reggae Rock (9-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-80) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Hawk Flight (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Rear of mid-division, headway on outer entering straight, no extra from over 1f out, 9th of 13, 11l behind Navy List (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp pol in Sep.
Prince Of Fashion (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Mid-division on outer, 8th halfway, ridden and headway into 3rd 1f out, kept on under pressure without reaching winner, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Key Breeze (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Silver Shuffle (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway into 7th under 2f out, ridden in 6th and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 22, 3 1/2l behind Tupelo Honey (9-4) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80 sft in Oct.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Slowly away and in rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 9th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Key Breeze (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Chebona Bula 14-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, last of 12, 44l behind On The Loose (8-4) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp 50-80 hvy in Sep.
Fammi Sognare (IRE) 4-1fav (9-10) Chased leaders, well off pace, moderate 3rd and still going okay 4f out, struggling from 3f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 6th of 9, 15l behind Hyden (8-12) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gf in Aug.
Opening Nite (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Rear of mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression in 9th 1f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Fountain Of Honour (9-8) at Dundalk 1m Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol.
Alubari 6-1 (9-7) Held up behind, driven and headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong to go 3rd towards finish, not reach leading pair, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Mazij (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Nov.
Citizenship 7-2 (9-6) Tracked leader in 2nd, driven along and no extra 2f out, soon weakened, last of 9, 23l behind Casbah Rock (10-0) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gf in Jun.
Total Excitement (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division, 10th halfway, kept on one pace in straight without threatening, 7th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Key Breeze (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Szabo's Destiny 12-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 2f out, last of 9, 33l behind Birdwatcher (9-5) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Saint By Day (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 10th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Key Breeze (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Westhaven (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Held up in last trio, headway on wide outside to chase leaders halfway, driven 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 12, 15l behind Strewth (9-7) at Kempton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jun.
Mutiska (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along and dropped to 6th approaching straight, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 10, 4l behind Fantasy King (9-4) at Dundalk 2m hcp 60-90 pol in Nov.