Hangar Five gained his first ever success on his 31st start here last month and with just 3lb extra to contend with has to be respected. Mischief N Mayhem failed again on Wednesday but La Oliva has a chance as she's 2lb lower than when gaining her only career success on the course in January. HAWKSWOOD normally runs well here and though slightly disappointing when a beaten favourite last month he's dropped to a winnable mark and can defy his big weight.
Hawkswood 5-2fav (9-13) Chased leaders, 2nd entering straight, ridden in 2nd 2f out, 3rd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind Total Reality (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Ginger Genie (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders and 7th halfway, ridden early straight and no extra under 2f out, weakened, 18th of 22, 11l behind Ancient Sands (10-3) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in Oct.
La Oliva (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Prominent, went 2nd 3f out, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd well over 1f olut, soon switched left, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 3l behind Olivers Mount (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
First Friday (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Last away from stalls, soon mid-division, 10th over 4f out, no extra from 2f out, 15th of 16, 35l behind Eighteen Summers (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f app hcp 50-70 gd in Sep.
Mischief N Mayhem 12-1 (9-5) Prominent early, settled in mid-division, ridden early straight and 6th over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 6l behind Street Party (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-70 pol.
Seven Samurai (USA) 25-1 (9-6) Dwelt and in rear, pushed along from halfway, no impression straight, last of 6, 28l behind Great Explorer (10-2) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp gf in Jul.
Trans City (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Mid-division and 8th halfway, ridden and no impression in moderate 10th entering straight, no extra, 12th of 15, 17l behind Crystal Earth (9-11) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf in Aug.
Hangar Five (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon 2nd, improved to lead 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct beating Well Insured (8-4) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Hello Humpfrey (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, dropped to 5th 1f out, no extra, 5th of 14, 8l behind Hangar Five (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Fellisha (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 16l behind Total Reality (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Golan Heights (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Soon led, ridden and headed 3f out, soon weakened, 12th of 14, 20l behind Hangar Five (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Khairmed (IRE) 66-1 (9-6) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, 6th of 10, 18l behind Daymooma (9-0) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f fll mdn stks gd in Jun.
The Frog Prince (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, raced on outer over 2f out where dropped to 10th, soon no impression, 12th of 14, 13l behind Reckless Lad (9-3) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Zelos Dream (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on same pace over 1f out, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Victor's Beach (9-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.