There must have been something amiss with Elusive Ice, who hasn't been seen since a very promising debut on this track a year ago. She would be an obvious contender if fit enough after her break. MIANYA RETURN could hardly have done any better on her debut where she started 33/1. She couldn't quite contain Salvado but was staying on strongly at the finish and, with further progress guaranteed, she looks the one to beat. Kimbay has shown enough pace in her three starts to date over 7f to suggest she doesn't lack the speed for this but Cottrell has been found wanting. Winter Lion, a son of Galileo, has a superb pedigree and though he should be better suited to middle-distances a market check is advised.
Cottrell 14-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders racing keenly, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd over 1f out and no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Rummaging (9-4) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol.
Winter Lion (IRE) Galileo gelding out of Hill Of Snow.
Boughtforasong (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Went right leaving stalls and slowly away, always behind, never a factor, 10th of 14, 10l behind Under Review (9-8) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol.
Elusive Ice (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon mid-division, chased leaders approaching straight, got in the clear over 1f out and soon challenged in 2nd, every chance inside final furlong and got to the front well inside last, not match winner near line, 2nd of 14, hd behind Queen Of The Sand (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn fll auc stks pol in Nov '12.
Hi Empress (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division on outer, closer in 5th going well 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 1f out, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Salvado (9-5) at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol in Oct.
Kimbay (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Raced in 6th, ridden and some headway on outer into 4th over 1f out, no impression and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 8l behind Cool Power (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 3yo fll stks gd in Aug.
Mianya Return (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd on inner for much, 2nd and kept on under pressure without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Salvado (9-5) at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol in Oct.
My Rules (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Disputed lead early, 2nd before straight, lost place over 1f out, soon no extra, 12th of 13, 11l behind Have A Nice Day (9-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.
Rock On Coco (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and 7th 1f out, no impression inside final furlong and kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 6l behind Majestic Timeline (10-0) at Dundalk 5f hcp 47-65 pol.
Sovereign Princess (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 2nd, ridden under 2f out and no impression on winner from 1f out, no extra and dropped to 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Dusty In Memphis (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn stks pol.