Bangalore Diamond had a head to spare over MISS BELLA here three weeks ago but the runner-up, who has been lightly raced, can take her revenge on slightly better terms and gain her first success. Light Zabeel has never raced over a trip as short as this and may find a few too quick but Thats A Fret is always dangerous in these events and is well handicapped despite a big weight. The veteran Richelieu can't be discounted as he has been going well from slightly higher marks but Sweet Annathea has been raised 9lb for gaining the first victory of her career here last week.
Thats A Fret (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Soon close up and disputed lead, headed and kept on same pace from under 1f out, 5th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Copper Dock (10-0) at Dundalk 6f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Dec.
Light Zabeel (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 5l behind Lily Of Kenmare (9-1) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Dec.
Bangalore Diamond (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Chased leader in 2nd, led travelling well 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, challenged 1f out and soon narrowly headed, rallied to dispute closing stages and ahead on line, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec beating Miss Bella (8-10) by hd, 14 ran.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders in 5th, kept on same pace under pressure from under 2f out, 11th of 13, 11l behind Sweet Annathea (8-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.
Sweet Annathea (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Dwelt, waited with, 10th before halfway, closer order from 2f out, ridden to lead under 1f out, stayed on well and soon clear, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol beating Roter Baron (9-2) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Spirit Of Grace 10-1 (9-2) Prominent, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 4l behind Doonard Prince (8-7) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.
Miss Bella (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden to challenge 1f out, soon narrow lead, disputed closing stages and headed on line, 2nd of 14, hd behind Bangalore Diamond (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Desert Al (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Disputed early, soon chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 14, 2l behind Bangalore Diamond (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Lady Renata (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 14, 9l behind Rassi Maguire (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov '08.
Richelieu 8-1 (8-12) Waited with, progress 2f out, no impression and kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Doonard Prince (8-7) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.
Sovereign Secure (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no extra, 13th of 14, 9l behind Bangalore Diamond (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.