Fran Berry returns after a four-month absence through injury to ride Fairy Wing, who had a couple of lengths to spare over COOL ATHLETE and Rocky's Pride when making a winning reappearance over a mile here last month. Tonight's race conditions greatly favour the latter pair and both should be better suited by the shorter trip. David Marnane's six-year-old just gets the nod but it should be tight and Naoise can also enter the argument. Jim Bolger's charge has more scope than these rivals and it's no surprise to see him climb the ratings after a comfortable C&D victory over Curl Cat last week. Mamma Rosa has her first start on the surface and probably needs further.
Rocky's Pride (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Soon led, ridden and challenged over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Billyford (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Cool Athlete (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, under pressure in 8th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 1/2l behind Billyford (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Fairy Wing (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and headway under 2f out, led under 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m Handicap (60-75) (4yo+) pol in Feb beating Aragorn Rouge (10-0) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Naoise (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden to challenge 1f out, soon led, kept on well, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol beating Curl Cat (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
The Tooth Fairy (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Always behind, 9th of 13, 20l behind Toufan Express (9-2) at Listowel 7f hcp sft in Sep.
Tsar Paul (IRE) 4-1 (9-13) Jumped awkwardly, rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden into 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 2l behind Almadaa (9-12) at Dundalk 6f hcp 50-70 pol.
Mamma Rosa (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Midnight Soprano (9-0) at Navan 1m 2f fll hcp 60-90 sft in Oct.