This is a shocker and the betting may prove a good guide though PALACE OF WINDS has comfortably the best form and John Oxx will want to put a nightmare 2013 behind him and start the year with a winner. Hilary has now had 22 starts without reaching the first two but her overall form makes her the main threat while Mick Halford's Bosstime could prove the pick of the newcomers.
Bosstime (IRE) Clodovil gelding out of Smoken Rosa.
Bumble Bee Slim 16-1 (8-11) Held up behind leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 7, 11l behind The Firm (9-1) at Dundalk 1m mdn clm pol.
Luimneach Abu (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Towards rear, closer in 9th over 4f out, no impression from 2f out, 11th of 14, 17l behind Ballyadam Brook (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Dec.
Moto Moto (IRE) Statue Of Liberty gelding out of Danish Mermaid.
Bogha Baisti (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Led and ran freely, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra and kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 4 1/2l behind The Firm (9-1) at Dundalk 1m mdn clm pol.
Elzamay (IRE) Captain Rio mare out of Private Encore.
Hilary (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden and progress on outer entering straight, 7th 2f out, went 4th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind California Rose (9-11) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Little Bells (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Went left leaving stalls and in rear, no impression from halfway, last of 10, 29l behind Harpist (9-0) at Down Royal 7f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Palace Of Winds (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Dwelt, soon rear of mid-division, 9th approaching straight, progress but no impression from under 2f out, moderate 4th and kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 8l behind Deep Speed (9-5) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Dec.
Sunshinesonleith (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders and 4th halfway, ridden 2f out and no extra in 6th over 1f out, weakened, 10th of 17, 16l behind Illustrate (9-5) at Naas 6f mdn stks gf in Jun.