Seven of these are rated within 3lb of each other and carry the same weight though Almadaa went up 10lb for scoring here two weeks ago and faces a stiffer task. An Saighdiur's only success came over this C&D but he's proved himself better over further in his most recent starts while the veteran Richelieu has gone up an incredible 13lb for completing a C&D double a fortnight ago. Tsar Paul just failed to catch Farmleigh House last week and looks sure to make a bold bid but Red Army Blues failed to obtain a clear run on that occasion and can take his revenge. Mark Johnston has a fine record here and JOE LE TAXI, who won four times under his care early last year before going to America, will have needed his reappearance at Lingfield last week and gets the vote to add to his trainer's impressive strike-rate.
Almadaa 4-1fav (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden into 2nd 1f out, stayed on final furlong to lead last 100 yards, kept on well, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol beating Bank On Black (9-9) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Alvar (USA) 16-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, 17l behind Eurosmart Lady (8-0) at Bellewstown 5f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
An Saighdiur (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, close 2nd 3f out, soon ridden, kept on well final furlong, strongly pressed winner to line, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Curl Cat (11-11) at Laytown 7f amt stk in Sep.
Gandolfini (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 9th of 10, 9l behind Enigma Code (9-1) at Dundalk 7f Handicap (60-75) (4yo+) pol.
Grigorovitch (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Led and strongly pressed, ridden and headed under 2f out, no extra, 11th of 13, 10l behind Richelieu (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol.
Joe Le Taxi (IRE) 15-2 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 3/4l behind Lastkingofscotland (8-6) at Lingfield 7f 4yo clm stks 0-70 (6) pol.
Red Army Blues (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Mid-division, headway into 5th 2f out, not clear run from over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 11, 1 1/4l behind Farmleigh House (9-8) at Dundalk 6f hcap pol.
Richelieu 4-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway on outer under 2f out, ridden into 2nd 1f out, soon led and kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol beating Rigid Rock (9-5) by 3l, 13 ran.
Romeo's On Fire (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, 7l behind Enigma Code (9-1) at Dundalk 7f Handicap (60-75) (4yo+) pol.
Rum King (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Outpaced most of way, 6th of 7, 11l behind Cavitie (8-6) at Wolverhampton 7f clm stks (5) pol in Sep.
The Yellow Bin (IRE) 40-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 17l behind Aragorn Rouge (9-4) at Dundalk 1m mdn clm pol.
Tsar Paul (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden into 6th on outer 1f out, ran on well final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Farmleigh House (9-8) at Dundalk 6f hcap pol.
Hi Kort Lady (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Dwelt, towards rear, dropped behind from 3f out, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Black Belt (9-0) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f mdn stks gd in Jul.
Mrs Batt (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Hampered early, mid-division, ridden and hampered 1 1/2f out, switched and kept on final furlong, 5th of 13, 5l behind Richelieu (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol.