Akasaka was making his Polytrack debut when scoring over the C&D three weeks ago and though 8lb higher looks certain to go well. Connections of Joe Eile can't seem to decide his best trip as he stayed on over 7f here last month but failed to last out over 1m3f two weeks ago. He earlier finished around 3l behind tonight's rival If Per Chance over this trip here and that winner should confirm the form on identical terms and also take care of runner-up Tarrsille. Ecossaise got off the mark in a maiden on Fibresand at Southwell and though her form on Polytrack isn't strong she is at the right end of the handicap and must be considered. WHIPLESS has a big weight to carry but he's performed in much better company and Ricky Whelan's claim can help Jim Bolger's charge return to winning ways.
Whipless (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 2l behind Tell The Wind (9-1) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Dec.
Iron Major (IRE) 13-2 (9-10) Held up towards rear, late headway in 9th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 14, 4l behind Billyford (9-10) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
Tarrsille (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 8th halfway, not clear run 2f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong to 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Billyford (9-10) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
Akasaka (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, closed travelling well over 2f out, improved to lead over 1f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m Handicap (60-75) (4yo+) pol beating Black N Brew (9-11) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Star Links (USA) 9-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Tarooq (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Nov.
Toufan Express 12-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Billyford (9-10) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
If Per Chance (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, 4th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 1 1/2l behind Elusive Ridge (9-2) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Dec.
Joe Eile (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders and keen hold, 3rd halfway, 2nd 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed final 150 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Flavia Tatiana (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Casela Park (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 8l behind Billyford (9-10) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
Ecossaise 3-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, headway over 3f out, every chance over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs beating Maxamillion Bounty (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Aragorn Icon (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Akasaka (9-10) at Dundalk 1m Handicap (60-75) (4yo+) pol.
King's Bastion (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Towards rear, some late headway from over 1f out, 8th of 14, 9l behind Heir To The Mint (8-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.