Bonobo has run well in his two starts since unseating his rider at the start on his debut at Galway while Curley Bill showed massive improvement from his opening run when runner-up on heavy ground at Roscommon three weeks ago. Notorious Villain couldn't handle the finishing burst of Ally Cascade here last time but the winner looks useful and with more progress to come it will be a surprise if Michael Mulvaney's charge isn't in the firing line. EXPANDING UNIVERSE made his debut at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting and though not quite coming up to expectations behind Ballycasey that looked a strong event and, as we saw at Ascot on Saturday, Dermot Weld has no problems getting one ready after an absence.
Bonobo (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Soon mid-division, closed to track leaders 6f out, 3rd before straight, no impression under pressure from over 1f out, soon 2nd and kept on without troubling winner, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Minella Reception (11-9) at Listowel 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Expanding Universe (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 3f out, ridden entering straight, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 9l behind Ballycasey (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 4f N H flat in Dec.
Notorious Villain (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, in front before straight, strongly pressed and joined 2f out, soon headed and not match winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Ally Cascade (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat.
Baby Grey 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden and no impression entering straight, moderate 8th 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 15, 7l behind Art Of Logistics (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf hvy.
Curley Bill (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 9th halfway, headway into 5th 2f out, ridden in 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on to dispute 2nd inside final furlong, shared 2nd on line, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Art Of Logistics (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf hvy.
Dreams To Remember (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, no extra from 4f out, weakened, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Dani Catalonia (11-9) at Tramore 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Aug.
Killeen Elegance (IRE) Court Cave mare out of Elegant Express.
Tingarran Lady (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Always behind, some mistake early, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Dara Tango (11-12) at Clonmel 2m nh nov hdl gf in Sep, 14 ran.
Little Colleen (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, 6th 4f out ,soon weakened quickly, 15th of 20, 41l behind Pay The King (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat gd.