Many of Aidan O'Brien's runners have needed their first starts and that certainly applies to Falkirk, a son of Montjeu out of a Group 2 winner. He'll have benefited from the experience gained at Tipperary and should be in the shake-up. GOOD TRADITION has a fine pedigree and certainly wasn't punished on his debut at Navan in October. That kindness should be repaid this season starting here. Sundara is by Galileo and another to have benefited from an opening run, a remark that also applies to Streetcar To Stars, who cost 250,000gns and is a half-brother to the very useful Midas Touch.
Abushamah (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Raced in 4th, no impression 2f out, dropped to 5th and no extra from over 1f out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Evason (9-5) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn sft in Oct.
Dabasan (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of Dabista.
Drummore Road (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Soon led, pushed along entering straight and headed under 2f out, under pressure and no extra 1f out, 6th of 8, 10l behind Fascinating Rock (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks in Mar.
Falkirk (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Held up, ridden into 6th 2f out, no impression in 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 6l behind Boqa (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 1f mdn stks sft.
Fog of War Azamour colt out of Cut Short.
Good Tradition (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) In rear, last on outer 3f out, kept on under hands and heels from 2f out, 5th of 9, 6l behind Ebasani (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn stks in Oct.
Stafford O'brien Piccolo gelding out of The Dark Eider.
Streetcar To Stars 7-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders and 6th halfway, pushed along approaching straight and no impression in 9th under 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 8l behind Blue Hussar (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks sft in Nov.
Succeed And Excel 12-1 (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and no extra entering straight, 11th of 14, 14l behind American Hope (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol in Dec.
Sundara (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, under pressure from under 4f out, no impression and kept on one pace straight, 6th of 12, 15l behind Sinkal (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo mdn.
Temkin 200-1 (9-2) Soon towards rear, pushed along before straight, soon no impression, 8th of 12, 26l behind Sinkal (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo mdn.