Eusepio has been getting closer to that elusive first success and was beaten narrowly by Toccata Blue over the track and trip last month. He looks certain to go close but Sylvan Mist, who was receiving 5lb in that latter race and is just 3lb better off, was 2l away in third and looks held. TOBERTON, whose form figures don't look particularly attractive, has shown some promise, staying on nicely over 6f when last seen here in November. He's just the type to improve this season and is handed the vote. Marvelous James wasn't beaten far in a claimer at Down Royal and started favourite for a nursery here in October but ran poorly while Mississippi John has only shown a glimmer of ability to date.
Eusepio (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Always prominent, led over 2f out, soon ridden, strongly pressed 1f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Toccata Blue (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn stks pol in Jan.
Marvelous James (IRE) 6-1fav (9-4) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, no impression, 9th of 14, 18l behind Hail Shower (8-9) at Dundalk 7f 2yo hcp pol in Oct.
Todd 50-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, no extra from 2f out, weakened, last of 12, 20l behind Pearl Music (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn in Sep.
Beau Sakhee 16-1 (8-7) Prominent and disputed lead, headed 3f out and ridden early straight, no extra from 1 1/2f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Senyuman (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp pol in Jan.
Charlie Casanova 12-1 (9-5) Towards rear, never a factor, ridden early straight and kept on one pace, 8th of 12, 12l behind Sword Of Light (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 3yo mdn stks pol in Jan.
Mississippi John (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 10l behind Sacred Dragon (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3yo mdn stks pol.
Toberton (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Towards rear, headway 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 9th of 13, 7l behind Longfield Lad (9-10) at Dundalk 6f 2yo hcp pol in Nov.
Hysteria Royal Applause filly out of Stella Marine.
Ruby Flipper (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Towards rear for most, some headway into moderate 8th 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 9l behind Typhoon Lily (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn fll pol.
Sylvan Mist (IRE) 15-8fav (8-11) Chased leaders, 4th 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 9l behind Sword Of Light (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 3yo mdn stks pol in Jan.