This is virtually a re-run of a similar event run here a week ago in which BALMONT FLYER gained an easy victory over Saint By Day, Trans City and Alubari. Not surprisingly the winner has been handed an 8lb rise in the weights but he won with such authority that a follow-up looks likely. General Bunching hasn't won for a year but has been handed a chance by the assessor and ran well enough behind Days Ahead last week. Fleeting Moment is another to have been dropped in the ratings and would be a threat if anywhere near his best.
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, off the pace, closed from before straight, 3rd travelling well 2f out, in front 1f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol beating First Friday (9-8) by 4l, 14 ran.
Saint By Day (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Dwelt, towards rear, wide straight, effort to chase leaders from under 2f out, kept on well final furlong without quite matching winner, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Days Ahead (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Trans City (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Soon mid-division, off the pace, pushed along before straight, ridden to chase leaders and no impression over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Balmont Flyer (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Unique Style (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Soon led, pressed and joined 2f out, soon headed and no extra, kept on same pace, 8th of 14, 8l behind Silverlord (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Nov.
Yellow Rock (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, 6th 5f out, soon ridden and weakened, completely tailed off, last of 12, well behind Run With The Wind (8-8) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 50-80 gd in Mar.
General Bunching (USA) 20-1 (9-7) Waited with, headway under 2f out, no impression and kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 2l behind Days Ahead (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Fleeting Moment (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division best, 11th before halfway, kept on without threatening under pressure from 1 1/2f out, 6th of 14, 4l behind Dimitar (9-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Nureyev's Boy (IRE) 80-1 (9-4) Dwelt and in rear, no impression straight, 8th of 14, 13l behind Beat The Ballot (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3yo stks pol in Dec.
Ndege Tamu (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Always behind, 12th of 13, 6l behind Samollie (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Alubari 20-1 (8-9) Pushed along early, soon mid-division, off the pace, moderate 7th over 4f out, closed before straight, kept on same pace from 1 1/2f out, 4th of 14, 5l behind Balmont Flyer (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Perfect Gemstone (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, 13th of 15, 33l behind Dusty Trail (9-12) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 sft in Sep '11.
Revolutionary Road 20-1 (8-8) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, 28l behind Mutasareb (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan '12.