Ava Star, a winner over 7f at Down Royal in July, makes her debut on the surface after a very good run behind Odisseia at Gowran in September. Fight U For It couldn't quite get up over this track and trip last month then was headed close home over 7f two weeks ago. He's an obvious threat but HAZLEDOC is 1lb better off plus Conor Hoban's claim with him for a short-head beating in that former event and may have the scope to reverse the form and take this. Ever Yours has been confined exclusively to the minimum trip so he'll find this is a big step-up.
Ava Star (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, pressed winner final furlong, kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Odisseia (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo hcp gd in Sep.
Sparkee Sakhee 50-1 (9-5) Towards rear, 10th before straight, ridden to go 7th and no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 7l behind Magnolia Beach (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
Fight U For It (IRE) 7-4fav (8-13) Dwelt, soon ridden to lead, ridden over 2f out, challenged 1 1/2f out, narrrowly headed under 1f out, kept on, no extra close home, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Pretty Angel (9-9) at Dundalk 7f 2yo hcp pol.
Hazledoc (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Rear of mid-division, closer early straight, ridden and edged left 1 1/2f out, 3rd 1f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Crafty Codger (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov.
Count Of Carabass (IRE) 40-1 (9-5) Prominent, pushed along in 4th over 3f out, no extra in moderate 6th from over 1f out, 9th of 11, 10l behind Orchestra (9-5) at Tipperary 7f 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Ever Yours (IRE) 5-1 (8-0) Chased leaders on outer, pushed along halfway, 5th 2f out, soon challenged, in pursuit of winner 1f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Caso Do Lago (9-2) at Dundalk 5f 2yo hcp pol in Oct.
Moonlight Ranger (USA) 50-1 (8-11) Always rear, ridden along and trailing halfway, no impression from over 1f out, last of 9, 31l behind Danehill Brook (9-5) at Down Royal 5f 2yo mdn gf in Sep.