SHIFTING could make no impression in the Lincolnshire at the Curragh but that should have blown away a few cobwebs and the Oratorio filly is probably the form pick here on her second in a Listed contest at Naas in October. Stuccodor came good in the autumn, winning at Leopardstown and Killarney. But Dermot Weld must think he is still saving a bit for himself as he puts a visor on him on his reappearance. Qasser made steady progress in his first season and may have more to offer but Romantic Stroll is beginning to look a little exposed. Euphrasia won easily at the Curragh in October but conditions here will be a lot different.
Qasser (IRE) 8-13fav (9-5) Made all, travelling best from over 2f out, soon asserted, clear when flicked tail under 1f out, reduced lead close home but always well in command, won at Cork 1m 3yo mdn hvy in Oct beating Epic Encounter (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Romantic Stroll (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Raced mainly in 6th, kept on same pace from under 2f out, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Paene Magnus (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Stuccodor (IRE) 7-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, mainly 4th, ridden in pursuit of eventual 2nd from over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near line, won at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp 60-90 sft in Sep beating Hot Bed (9-10) by hd, 8 ran.
Shifting (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened 3f out, 18th of 20, 36l behind Sweet Lightning (9-8) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) hvy in Mar.
Euphrasia (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led and disputed, quickened clear 2f out, stayed on well from over 1f out, eased 100 yards from finish, won at Curragh 1m 1f fll mdn stks hvy in Oct beating Kalaroa (9-0) by 8l, 9 ran.