BOMBER JACKSON was well on top at the finish when gaining his first success last month and, though 7lb higher, he's lightly raced and Conor Hoban's claim can see him follow up. Bog War has been steadily improving and did well to beat the strongly-fancied Settle For Red three weeks ago so even a 5lb rise shouldn't cause too many problems. Cristy's Call was just behind Settle For Red last week and there's very little between he and Bog War on a line through the winner but Fairy Court is better over hurdles while Trans City has never won on an all-weather surface. Silver Shuffle is very well handicapped if able to recapture his form though he ran poorly over hurdles last month.
Bomber Jackson (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Held up, soon in mid-division, closer order from under 4f out, challenged towards outer 2f out and soon wandered slightly, narrow leader 1f out, joined inside final furlong, stayed on well to lead again closing stages, won at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec beating Well Insured (8-7) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Asian Wing (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride and always towards rear, never a factor, 13th of 16, 14l behind Days Ahead (10-0) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gf in Sep.
Trans City (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, progress and switched left 2f out, no impression and one paced in 7th from over 1f out, 7th of 12, 6l behind Habesh (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Bog War (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, 5th early, closer in 3rd into straight, 2nd 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near line, won at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec beating Settle For Red (9-2) by hd, 14 ran.
Noble Call (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Soon tracked leaders and clear of remainder, led 5f out, soon clear, reduced lead before straight, strongly pressed 2f out, soon headed, dropped to 9th and no extra 1f out, 11th of 14, 13l behind Bomber Jackson (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Silver Shuffle (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Mid-division on outer, 9th and no impression under pressure from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 10th of 17, 13l behind Placere (11-13) at Curragh 1m 4f gd in Sep.
Cristy's Call (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden into close 4th 2f out, challenged 1 1/2f out, pressed winner and kept on from over 1f out, just held, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Settle For Red (9-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Excelli (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders early, mid-division in 6th halfway, ridden and no impression over 3f out, kept on one pace straight, 5th of 8, 6l behind Kavaco (9-7) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Nov.
Fairy Court (IRE) 8-1 (8-1) Soon mid-division at modest pace early, 8th 4f out, wide straight, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 9l behind Star Power (9-12) at Dundalk 2m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Horsewithnoname (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Held up towards rear, no impression in 8th from over 1f out, 9th of 12, 12l behind Habesh (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Boronia (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Towards rear, moderate 11th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace in moderate 9th from over 1f out, 8th of 13, 21l behind Deep Speed (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Dec.
Fiftyshadesofred (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Soon mid-division, closer order under 4f out, challenged 2f out, 6th 1f out where not much room, soon switched right and kept on without threatening, 4th of 14, 4l behind Bomber Jackson (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Ruby Flipper (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Led, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra, 9th of 14, 7l behind Miller Beach (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Tetard (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Soon mid-division, 7th early, dropped to 8th and no impression 1f out, 8th of 14, 6l behind Mountain Coral (10-0) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Bumble Bee Slim 16-1 (8-11) Held up behind leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 7, 11l behind The Firm (9-1) at Dundalk 1m mdn clm pol.
Going Grey (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led, joined approaching straight and headed over 2f out, no extra and weakened, last of 5, 38l behind Marchese Marconi (11-3) at Wexford 2m am stks (4yo+) gd in Aug.
Shahrafi (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Soon towards rear, never a factor, last of 14, 14l behind Bog War (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.