CULLENTRY ROYAL went very close to catching Gretzky over track and trip in December. He can race off the same mark today and a line through the latter gives him the beating of a few of these. They include both Carried and Kalann, who filled the places behind Gretzky at this track last month. Carried also has a bit to find with Papa's Way with the latter having beaten subsequent winner Cottesloe when scoring here on his latest start. Attraction Ring is upped 9lb for his recent success over 1m3f with Hoe Hoe back in third and Ballyadam Brook won a lesser contest over course and distance before failing to figure over hurdles.
Cullentry Royal 8-1 (10-3) Prominent, close 2nd before halfway, ridden entering straight, led under 2f out, strongly pressed final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Gretzky (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Dec.
Ebazan (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden 3f out, dropped to last 2f out, soon no impression, last of 4, 6l behind Defining Year (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f 4yo stk pol.
Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Took keen hold early, always prominent, led approaching straight, soon clear, in command from over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Dec beating Shield (9-10) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up, took keen hold, soon in mid-division, raced on outer straight, moderate 4th 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, not get to winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Ningaloo Reef (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
One Fine Day (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight without threatening, 12th of 16, 14l behind Ancient Sands (9-2) at Naas 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Attraction Ticket 14-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway entering straight, 8th 2f out, ridden and headway to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Jan beating The Ring Is King (9-4) by nk, 11 ran.
Papa's Way (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd entering straight, ridden in 3rd on outer 2f out, headway to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, won at Dundalk 1m 4f pol in Jan beating First Friday (10-8) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Cottesloe (IRE) 3-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, moderate 5th 3f out, soon ridden, moderate 4th 2f out, improved into 2nd 1 12f out, improved to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Fairy Court (8-12) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
Kalann (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway on outer into 3rd 3f out, soon ridden, disputed lead 1 1/2f out, headed inside final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Gretzky (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Jan.
Carried (IRE) 3-1fav (8-12) Prominent, led entering straight, ridden and joined 1 1/2f out, headed under 1f out, soon 3rd, rallied close home to regain 2nd, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Gretzky (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Jan.
Hoe Hoe (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on same pace to go 3rd under 1f out, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Attraction Ticket (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Jan.
Knight's Parade (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Led, joined 2f out, soon headed, no chance with winner, clear 2nd, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Checkpoint (9-2) at Kempton 1m 3f clm stks (6) pol in Oct.