Melodie D'Amour has yet to win a race but she's getting closer and ran very well behind Acushladear over the C&D last week. She'll take some catching but it's about time another maiden EIGHTEEN SUMMERS was winning and this looks a good opportunity. Jim Bolger's charge, unraced as a juvenile, ended the last campaign with a good run over a mile here and was having only his second start of this season when catching the eye behind Tupelo Honey at Navan earlier this month. Funatfantasia is inconsistent but has dropped to a very lowly mark and must be considered along with Hangar Five, yet another maiden but one who has some very strong form on turf and who makes his Polytrack debut. Solar Sail is 11lb higher than when scoring over the C&D a year ago but ran well on her last two starts on turf in July. Course winners Sports Casual and Tribes And Banner are others to consider in yet another tough handicap for punters to unravel.
Melodie D'Amour (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Always prominent, 2nd halfway, led early straight, strongly pressed and headed 1f out, kept on same pace but no chance with easy winner final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Acushladear (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol.
Noble Jack (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, struggling after, 7th of 9, 9l behind Ice Nelly (8-9) at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Eighteen Summers (USA) 33-1 (8-8) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden into 3rd 2f out, no extra in 4th 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 22, 4l behind Tupelo Honey (9-4) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80 sft.
Sports Casual 8-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, headway and challenged briefly on outer 2f out, soon no extra, 10th of 14, 9l behind Just On Fire (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Sep.
Cullofane (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 19l behind Gargano (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Dec.
Funatfuntasia 8-1 (9-8) Prominent, 4th halfway, disputed briefly early straight, no extra under 2f out, weakened, 11th of 14, 14l behind Just On Fire (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Sep.
Hangar Five (IRE) 10-3fav (9-10) Mid-division, progress to chase leaders before straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 18, 8l behind Solaras Exhibition (9-1) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f 3yo app hcp 0-70 in Sep.
Humiliation 7-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 3f out, challenged 2f out, ridden and no extra entering straight, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 10l behind Regresa A Mi (8-12) at Sligo 1m 4f Apprentice Maiden Stakes (4yo+) gd in Aug.
Royal Procession (USA) 25-1 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, 11th of 14, 11l behind Mount Abora (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Sep.
Sokool (FR) 50-1 (8-13) Mid-division best, 8th early, no extra from 4f out, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Run With The Wind (8-2) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Solar Sail (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden in 10th entering straight, 6th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 17, 4l behind Maunsells Duke (9-4) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 gd in Jul.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear for most, kept on same pace under pressure without threatening from 3f out, 10th of 18, 23l behind Pond Cottage (10-7) at Galway 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) hvy.
Tribes And Banner (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Towards rear, ridden and some headway on outer in straight, 7th 1f out, kept on under pressure, 5th of 14, 6l behind Acushladear (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Warrior Song (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, moderate 6th under 2f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 8th of 16, 9l behind Smoky Cloud (9-7) at Gowran Park 7f app hcp 50-75 gd in Sep.
Amhrann Ellen (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Always behind, 10th of 11, 13l behind Snap Alam (9-11) at Wexford 1m hcp 50-75 gf in Aug.
Caracal 12-1 (9-8) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no extra under 2f out, 11th of 14, 17l behind Acushladear (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Massyoun (FR) 50-1 (8-13) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden and no impression over 4f out, 9th of 11, 22l behind Pop Rock (9-2) at Galway 1m 6f stks gf in Jul '10.