The improving Toberton landed a claimer before being caught on the line over the track and trip by Relay, who has since found 1m3f much too far when behind tonight's rivals Sharjah, Desiderata and MISSISSIPPI JOHN. A close inspection of that event showed the latter to be travelling best of all until his stamina gave out and he's given the nod to reverse the form and take this. Strapless represents Jim Bolger and is making her debut on the surface. She had fair form on Turf last summer and with her stable flying has to be on the short-list.
Seussical (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 5th, dropped to 7th over 2f out, one pace, remote 5th final furlong, 5th of 8, 15l behind Eye of The Storm (9-5) at Galway 1m 2yo mdn hvy in Sep.
Toberton (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Soon led and nicely clear halfway, reduced lead final furlong and caught near line, 2nd of 10, nk behind Relay (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp pol in Feb.
Sharjah (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Held up in last, improved into 3rd on outer entering straight, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp pol beating Desiderata (9-1) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Strapless 6-4fav (8-9) Prominent, ridden to lead under 2f out, strongly pressed over 1f out, headed 150yds out, weakened close home, 6th of 8, 4l behind Harley's Harley (8-6) at Sligo 6f 2yo mdn aut in Aug.
Relay 4-1fav (9-5) Chased leader early, led after 3f, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Sharjah (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp pol.
Blue Ale (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Dwelt and always towards rear, 7th of 9, 5l behind Abbey Vale (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Oct.
Desiderata (IRE) 4-1fav (9-1) Tracked leaders, 4th 2f out, soon ridden, 4th 1f out, stayed on well to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Sharjah (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp pol.
Mississippi John (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Sharjah (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp pol.
Sakhib 9-2 (8-11) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Lake Louise (8-4) at Curragh 6f 2yo hcp hvy in Oct.
Marvelous James (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Reared up and unseated rider leaving stalls, in a race won by Sharjah (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp pol, 7 ran.
Ruby Flipper (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Awkward out of stalls, keen hold, tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, soon no impression, last of 8, 14l behind Eusepio (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn auc stks pol.
Brady's Hill (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, kept on same pace under pressure from 1 1/2f out, 7th of 13, 5l behind Longfield Lad (9-10) at Dundalk 6f 2yo hcp pol in Nov.
Our Manekineko 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division on outside, headway 3f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Shearian (8-12) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.