Bob Le Beau ran a rare poor race over the C&D in September and is tried in a first-time tongue strap. He's penalised for a victory at this level at Limerick in June but should still give a good account. Northgate had also run moderately in that race here in September, as had Dubawi Star, but bounced back to beat Rock Critic last month when Mid Mon Lady and Priomhbhean were behind. Three-year-olds have won three of the four renewals and CELEBRITY SEVI is taken to add to that tally. Dermot Weld's improving son of Peintre Celebre looked as though he was ready for a step up to this grade when comfortably landing a premier handicap at Naas last month and looks one to follow.
Bob Le Beau (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Led or disputed lead, strongly pressed and headed 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, eased when beaten inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 11l behind Freedom (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol in Sep.
Hebridean (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 3rd 2f out, no extra in 4th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 4l behind Rose Hip (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 1f Listed stks (1) gf in Jun '10.
Northgate (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 5th entering straight, headway to challenge between horses 1f out, kept on under pressure to lead closing stages, won at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Oct beating Rock Critic (9-12) by hd, 8 ran.
Super Say (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 5th into straight, struggling from 2f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 6th of 8, 9l behind Look At Me (9-0) at Cork 1m Listed stks sft in Oct.
Acushladear (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, moderate 5th halfway, closer in 4th 2f out, soon challenged, ridden to lead 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 14, hd behind Reggae Rock (9-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-80) (3yo+) pol.
Mid Mon Lady (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, some headway on outer early straight, 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 5l behind Zaminast (8-13) at Leopardstown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) in Oct.
Priomhbhean (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Led, strongly pressed early straight, headed under 2f out, no extra from 1f out, weakened, last of 8, 3l behind Northgate (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Oct.
Celebrity Sevi (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Naas 1m 4f hcp in Oct beating Highly Efficient (7-13) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.
Dubawi Star 12-1 (9-0) Disputed lead, headed entering straight and soon no extra, weakened, last of 9, 32l behind Freedom (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol in Sep.
Puttore (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway into 6th 2f out, ridden in 5th and no impression 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Tobar Na Gaoise (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft.