Deep Speed and Lean And Keen were separated by a short-head when they occupied the places behind Snow Scene over a longer trip last month when Palace Of Winds was 5l behind. The former was travelling best for much of the way and the shorter trip should suit. ELUSIVE ICE was just touched off over 7f on her debut last November and was having her first subsequent start when runner-up to Cottrell over 6f two weeks ago. She's by a sprinter but out of a winning miler so should just about stay this trip and can go one better.
Ballynakelly (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Kavaco (9-7) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Nov.
Patrolman (USA) 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division on outer and 9th halfway, no extra in straight, weakened, last of 12, 17l behind Convocate (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Aug.
Deep Speed (IRE) 13-8fav (9-5) Always prominent, ridden in close 3rd 2f out, close 3rd when drifted right under pressure under 1f out, rider briefly dropped rein inside final furlong, ran on well close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Snow Scene (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
Lean And Keen (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Led early, headed after 2f, led again 3f out, ridden and joined 2f out, narrowly headed 1f out, no extra and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Snow Scene (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
The Hatter Glacken (IRE) Lawman gelding out of Sacred Love.
Winter Lion (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Went right start and slowly into stride, in rear, ridden halfway, no impression straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 10, 13l behind Cottrell (9-5) at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol in Nov.
Blue Jig Lady (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Led and clear from 2nd, extended advantage halfway, driven along after 3 out and headed before next, soon weakened and eased when beaten in straight, 10th of 16, well behind Theonewiththeleg (10-10) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Lucky Boo (IRE) Kodiac filly out of Lucky April.
Smilelikeyoumeanit 33-1 (9-2) Dwelt, always behind, last of 8, well behind Absolutlyfantastic (9-7) at Killarney 1m 3f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Bogha Baisti (IRE) Footstepsinthesand filly out of Osireion.
Boronia (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Chased leaders and 7th halfway, ridden approaching straight and no extra from 2f out, 9th of 10, 14l behind Hoe Hoe (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Nov.
Elusive Ice (IRE) 8-11fav (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 2nd 1f out, no impression winner final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Cottrell (9-5) at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol in Nov.
Just Nora (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Chased clear leader, moderate 6th halfway, no extra from 4f out, weakened, 13th of 15, 31l behind Dame Lucy (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo fll stks gd in Oct.
Palace Of Winds (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, ran freely in 9th halfway, progress to challenge 2f out, under pressure in 2nd 1f out and no impression on winner, no extra final 100 yards, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Hoe Hoe (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Nov.