CEBUANO ran a fine race in a Punchestown maiden hurdle before scoring over further than this here two weeks ago from tonight's rival Splendid Light. The latter will be 8lb better off and must have a realistic chance of turning the tables, though the winner has a 10lb claimer on board and that could be enough to confirm the form. Vote Of Confidence was making his handicap debut and facing Polytrack for the first time here last month but did very well to beat Carried and a 5lb rise shouldn't prevent another big effort. Shake The Bucket knows what it's like to win around here and with his young rider able to claim the maximum he's by no means out of this. Equation Of Time shot up the weights after scoring here in September and looks a little high at present.
Cebuano 11-4 (8-6) Chased leaders in 5th, progress to lead 1 1/2f out, drew clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol beating Splendid Light (8-4) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, 4th 2f out, weakened, 11th of 14, 6l behind That's Plenty (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.
Splendid Light 6-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, closer in 6th under 2f out, 5th 1 1/2f out, in pursuit of winner in moderate 2nd from under 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Cebuano (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol.
Equation Of Time 10-1 (9-5) In rear, ridden entering straight, no impression, 9th of 14, 6l behind That's Plenty (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.
Vote Of Confidence (USA) 16-1 (9-7) Towards rear, progress and wide straight, challenged from under 2f out, soon on terms, led over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Oct beating Carried (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Super Sling 4-1fav (9-5) Fly-jumped at start and dwelt, soon mid-division, ridden no impression 7th 2f out, no impression, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind That's Plenty (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.
The Fox Tully (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Waited with, 7th approaching straight, 9th from 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 7l behind Stronger Than Me (8-7) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 60-100 gf in Jun.
Cottesloe (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Always rear, pushed along and detached from main group 4f out, no threat in straight and kept on one pace, last of 8, 16l behind Giant's Quest (9-4) at Leopardstown 2m hcp gf in Aug.
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Held up early, improved to chase leaders after 2f, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 3f out, 5th and weakened before straight, eased 1f out, tailed off, 5th of 6, 48l behind Show Court (9-5) at Sligo 1m 2f stks sft in Jun.