Joseph O'Brien was seen at his strongest to get Habesh home last week but this is an apprentice race so Colin Keane takes over and he's one of the best young rider's around. A 7lb weight rise won't aid his mount's cause and First Friday looks a better bet having gone up just 3lb for last week's victory and Ana O'Brien able to claim her 4lb allowance. Relying on WELL INSURED to bring home the bacon has proved very costly in the past as he's now gone 33 runs without a victory. However, he was caught right on the line by First Friday last week and if Ray Dawson can hold on to him for a fraction longer this time that elusive first victory could be his. Coach Bombay wasn't far behind in that latter race and looks a threat while Noble Call, who has had almost as many runs as the selection without winning, ran well over hurdles last week and is on a very lowly mark.
Habesh (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, chased leaders, hampered approaching straight, improved to challenge from 2f out, 2nd over 1f out, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol beating Vim (8-12) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
First Friday (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Finish position 1, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol beating Well Insured (8-3) by shd, 10 ran.
Apisata (GER) 20-1 (8-8) Waited with off ordinary pace, 9th early, no impression under pressure and kept on from over 1f out, 7th of 17, 7l behind Tin Town Boy (8-4) at Galway 1m 4f hcp 50-80 sft in Aug.
Noble Call (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and no extra entering straight, 9th of 14, 17l behind Timjoe (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Idlewild 11-1 (9-1) Towards rear, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 10th of 14, 16l behind Total Reality (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, no impression, 12th of 13, 17l behind Pyromaniac (9-8) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Noverre Princess (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to dispute briefly early straight, soon headed and no impression in 6th 1f out, no extra and eased final furlong, 9th of 11, 11l behind Goal (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
Bomber Jackson (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, progress in 9th over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Our Manekineko (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Coach Bombay (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Finish position 6, 6th of 10, 1 3/4l behind First Friday (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Well Insured (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Finish position 2, 2nd of 10, shd behind First Friday (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Moscow Treat (IRE) 28-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, 13th of 14, 11l behind Miller Beach (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Thuigim (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Soon mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 9th of 13, 9l behind Hello Humpfrey (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Fiftyshadesofred (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Finish position 7, 7th of 10, 1 3/4l behind First Friday (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Orion's Might (IRE) 14-1 (7-11) Took keen hold, led, headed 1 1/2f out, dropped to 5th over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 8, 9l behind Senyuman (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-75 pol.
Fairy Court (IRE) 8-1 (8-1) Soon mid-division at modest pace early, 8th 4f out, wide straight, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 9l behind Star Power (9-12) at Dundalk 2m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Confidence (USA) 20-1 (9-2) Rear of mid-division and 9th halfway, ridden 2f out and no impression over 1f out, 7th of 11, 8l behind Goal (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
Forest Hawk (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th 2f out, no impression 1f out, short of room inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 7l behind High Net Worth (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Nov.