MAD FOR ROAD scored over the course and distance from just 3lb lower in March. He hasn't shown much over timber but looks the one to be on here with his young rider's claim a big help. Juara just managed to get on top in the closing stages two weeks ago when beating Carried a short-head. The runner-up has won since so a follow-up has to be a distinct possibility despite a 7lb rise which should enable fifth-placed Habesh to get closer. Vim put in a better effort behind Mosman Park last month and wouldn't need to improve much to get involved from his very lowly mark and Trans City, who was staying on stoutly, will appreciate this longer trip. Armed Guard is still a maiden but has dropped so far in the ratings that it wouldn't be a shock if he finally got off the mark.
Toretto (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden entering straight, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 8th of 12, 8l behind Traveller's Tales (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Nov.
Habesh (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, progress into 7th 3f out, ridden in 6th and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 6l behind Juara (8-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
Juara (IRE) 6-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden into 3rd 3f out, closer 1f out, kept on well final furlong to dispute close home and led at line, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov beating Carried (9-1) by shd, 12 ran.
Trans City (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on in 9th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 13, 3/4l behind Mosman Park (8-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Hypatia (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, weakened 3f out, eased over 1f out, last of 10, 39l behind April Ciel (9-7) at Chepstow 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Sep.
Mad For Road (IRE) 6-4fav (8-9) Mid-division, pushed along in 7th 3f out, ridden in 8th 2f out, kept on well final furlong to 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Star Power (9-10) at Dundalk 2m hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.
Vim (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear early, mid-division halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, stayed on in close 3rd 1f out, pressed winner inside final furlong, just held close home, 3rd of 13, nk behind Mosman Park (8-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Horsewithnoname (IRE) 25-1 (7-12) Soon chased leaders at modest pace early, 5th 4f out, no impression straight, 11th of 14, 18l behind Star Power (9-12) at Dundalk 2m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Armed Guard (IRE) 7-2fav (8-13) Slowly into stride and towards rear, ridden 2f out, 8th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Hello Humpfrey (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Imperial Throne (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Prominent and led briefly, headed after 2f and 4th halfway, pushed along in 6th entering straight and no extra over 1f out, 8th of 12, 6l behind Street Party (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-70 pol in Nov.
Shahrafi (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden and weakened entering straight, last of 15, 50l behind House Limit (9-2) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-65 gf in Jun.
Table Forty Six (IRE) 15-2 (8-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 6l behind Miller Beach (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.