CHEERS BUDDY is in tremendous form and was brought with a superb late challenge to beat several of these here a fortnight ago. He's gone up 5lb as a result and will find this tougher with runner-up The Black Devil, third-placed Ningaloo Reef, the fourth Beat The Ballot and fifth Alvar all close enough to be a threat on the revised terms though the winner is taken to come out on top again and complete a hat-trick. Reckless Las was beaten 7l by the selection earlier and has it all to do but another three-year-old, Danseur De Feu, looks a danger as she stayed on very strongly to beat Mountain Coral over 7f last month.
Beat The Ballot (IRE) 10-3fav (10-0) Chased leader, led after 2f, ridden 2f out, kept on under pressure, headed close home and no extra, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Cheers Buddy (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol.
Califante 10-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, closed going well over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 8l behind Magique (8-11) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Oct.
Ningaloo Reef (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Cheers Buddy (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol.
Alvar (USA) 5-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 10, 2l behind Cheers Buddy (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol.
Cheers Buddy (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Mid-division early, 5th halfway, ridden into 4th 1f out, kept on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol beating The Black Devil (9-1) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Cool Athlete (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Held up, 7th halfway, ridden 3f out, soon no extra, 9th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Cheers Buddy (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol.
Danseur De Feu (IRE) 13-2 (9-11) Mid-division, progress early straight and ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov beating Mountain Coral (9-8) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Khyber Pass 20-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, no impression, 10th of 13, 12l behind Iron Major (9-8) at Curragh 7f App hcp gf in Sep.
Lily's Star (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) In rear and took keen hold, soon mid-division, ridden in 6th over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 2 3/4l behind Indian Landing (8-11) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol.
The Black Devil (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Led, headed after 2f, 2nd halfway, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong to dispute last 50 yards, headed close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Cheers Buddy (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol.
Toufan Express 8-1 (9-6) Held up, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 10, 4l behind Cheers Buddy (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol.
Dancing Cosmos (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Prominent, disputed halfway, ridden to lead under 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on to hold 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Our Manekineko (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Reckless Lad (IRE) 7-2fav (9-11) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, 5th 2f out, went 2nd 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace in 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Our Manekineko (10-0) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol.
Victor's Beach (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Held up, 8th halfway, ridden entering straight, no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 7l behind Reckless Lad (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp 47-70 pol in Nov.
Lean And Keen (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Soon led, edged right over 2f out, soon narrowly headed, rallied 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace well inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Deep Speed (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol.