Alvar doesn't run anywhere else these days and he's now won three times here though he's on his highest ever mark after a very good run behind He's Our Music a fortnight ago when Ningaloo Reef was behind. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY hadn't been running well on Turf but took advantage of a lower all-weather mark to score here three weeks ago and a 5lb rise still leaves her on a fair mark. She's handed the vote though The Black Devil was tackling a trip much too far last month after his impressive course and distance success so should prove a threat.
The Black Devil (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along in 3rd 4f out, dropped to 9th and no extra from over 1f out, 11th of 14, 22l behind Vote Of Confidence (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Oct.
Alvar (USA) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden in close 3rd 2f out, led briefly 1 1/2f out, soon headed, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Hes Our Music (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 60-80 pol.
Toufan Express 12-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, soon no impression, 9th of 14, 7l behind Home Secretary (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol.
Ningaloo Reef (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Pushed along early and soon prominent, ridden in 2nd 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 14, 3l behind Hes Our Music (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 60-80 pol.
Measured Approval (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride and always towards rear, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 12th of 14, 7l behind That's Plenty (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.
Happy Anniversary (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Always prominent, on terms approaching straight, led over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Oct beating Maal (9-11) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
The Firm (IRE) 18-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra 1 1/2f out, 11th of 14, 10l behind Apache Gold (8-2) at Cork 6f App hcp in Oct.
Cairdiuil (IRE) 16-1 (7-9) Mid-division and 9th halfway, ridden early straight and soon no impression, no extra inside final furlong, 10th of 14, 11l behind Castle Guest (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft.
Daliyan (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 7l behind The Black Devil (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Aug.