Habesh has been well supported on his last two starts but was beaten four lengths into third behind Cottesloe a fortnight ago. The Black Devil won here in August and has been narrowly beaten in recent starts, though over much shorter than this. Pivot Bridge has returned from a spell of hurdling in very good form and gained an emphatic victory over the track and trip a fortnight ago for which he's been hit with an 8lb rise. Carvelas had gone up to 70 without winning until landing a maiden three weeks ago but the veteran Regal Warrior gained his first all-weather victory in November and continued to run well before a poor effort over hurdles at Christmas. FIRST FRIDAY scored here in December and almost made all in a tougher race last month when caught close home by Papa's Way. He can go one better as though Juara is consistent enough she's now been beaten three times off this mark. Hareth returned to the Flat after a poor spell of hurdling to easily land a poor maiden here though faces a much stiffer test now.
Kharezi (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Waited with in rear, some headway 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 13th of 17, 14l behind Domination (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp 60-100 gf in Jun.
Hareth (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Soon raced in 3rd, improved to challenge 2f out, led inside final furlong and soon drew clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol beating Catchy Lass (9-1) by 5l, 8 ran.
Pivot Bridge 8-1 (9-6) Mid-division, 6th on outer 3f out, ridden in 3rd on outer 2f out, improved to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Well Insured (8-6) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Carvelas (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led 150 yards out and kept on under pressure, won at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Jan beating Sceilg (8-7) by nk, 14 ran.
The Black Devil (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, 2nd 1f out, rallied to regain lead inside final furlong, kept on well, headed line, 2nd of 12, ns behind Cool Athlete (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Jan.
Alghanem (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Soon tracked leaders, 7th over 1f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 7th of 17, 10l behind Placere (11-13) at Curragh 1m 4f gd in Sep.
Positive Vibes 10-1 (8-7) Soon led, almost joined from 5f out, ridden under 4f out, headed approaching straight, no extra from over 1f out, 8th of 9, 25l behind Time For Action (9-9) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp gd in Sep.
Aughnacurraveel (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Tracked leader in 2nd, driven along approaching straight and dropped to 5th 2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 10, 18l behind Caim Hill (10-13) at Limerick 2m am stks (4yo+) gd in Jun.
Habesh (IRE) 11-4fav (10-0) Tracked leaders, moderate 4th 3f out, ridden and progress into moderate 3rd 2f out, soon no impression on leaders, kept on same pace in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Cottesloe (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Regal Warrior (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, improved to lead 2f out, soon ridden, strongly pressed final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Gretzky (10-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f pol in Jan '13.
First Friday (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Soon led, clear halfway, reduced advantage entering straight, ridden 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, dropped to 3rd under 1f out, rallied and regained 2nd close home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Papa's Way (11-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f pol in Jan.
Juara (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Chased clear leader, moderate 5th 4f out, ridden early straight and no impression on easy winner in 2nd over 1f out, dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Fairy Court (8-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.