RASPUTIN showed plenty of potential in three races at Ayr last summer and made a bright start for Tommy Carmody when runner-up to the odds-on Atticus Finch in a claimer over 7f here a month ago. That should have put him spot-on for this and he gets the vote though Tommy Stack's newcomer Penniston Line, a son of Holy Roman Emperor, is bred for this job and could pose a threat. Majestic Timeline put a very poor debut run behind her with a better effort here a couple of weeks ago and though Jim Bolger's Highwater Express showed little in his two starts last summer his stable has been in fine form during the winter.
Baffles Brains (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, no extra from over 1f out, weakened, 10th of 13, 18l behind Disagree (9-0) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn aut std in Aug.
Crouching Harry (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 8l behind Atticus Finch (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn clm stks pol in Feb.
Flashy Falcon (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Chased leaders in 3rd, no extra from early straight, weakened, 11th of 13, 17l behind Learn (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Highwater Express (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, driven along entering straight, no extra from well over 1f out, 6th of 9, 26l behind Leatherwood (9-3) at Listowel 7f 2yo mdn sft in Sep.
Mayhem Freddie 25-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and no extra entering straight, 7th of 8, 15l behind Atticus Finch (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn clm stks pol in Feb.
Penniston Line (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor gelding out of Willowbridge.
Rasputin (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Keen hold and chased leader in 2nd, ridden 1 1/2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Atticus Finch (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn clm stks pol in Feb.
Majestic Timeline (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders racing keenly, 4th halfway, ridden and wandered inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 8, 6l behind Precious Dream (9-0) at Dundalk 6f 3yo mdn stks pol.