ALILEO attempted to make all at Tramore and was clear at one stage but made too many mistakes and was caught before the last by Oscar Vespasian. While it looked a disappointing run at the time the remainder were well behind and the winner has since run an excellent race in a Cork handicap so Willie Mullins' charge is given another chance. Captain Carleton has had three runs over timber and finished runner-up in each. He just ran out of steam over 2m3f last time and looks certain to reach the frame again. Tiger Trek had one fine run amongst a series of poor efforts last year and has a long absence to overcome while Tonius was a long way behind the selection at Tramore. Fellow Indian ran a bit better when sent over 2m4f on this track last time and that could be his trip.
Alileo (GER) 5-6fav (11-4) Led, clear from 3rd, mistake 4th, reduced advantage after 3 out, ridden and challenged 2 out, headed before last, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Oscar Vespasian (10-13) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Captain Carleton (IRE) 2-1 (11-4) Settled in 3rd, improved into 2nd after 4th and lead after 3 out, ridden after 2 out and headed after last, no impression and kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Landau (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Captains Measure (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Held up early, improved to lead after 1st, headed after 3 out and soon dropped to 4th, no extra and kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 30l behind Landau (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Croker Island (IRE) 10-1 (12-2) Ww rr, 8th frm 7th & sl clsr frm 9th, sl prog in 6th bef 3out, mod 6th frm 2out & bhnd when pu bef last, in a race won by Go Philosophical (12-2) at Ballyarthur 3m ire ptp gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Fellow Indian (IRE) 28-1 (11-4) Disputed lead, took keen hold early, slight mistake 4 out, headed and 3rd before straight, soon no extra, not fluent 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 12, 17l behind Long House Saint (11-4) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Hootie (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, soon led and clear, reduced lead after 2nd, headed and bad mistake 3 out, soon no extra in 4th, 4th of 10, 35l behind Manhattan Swing (11-8) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Master Bones (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, moderate 7th after 4th, pushed along after 4 out and some headway on inner, moderate 5th approaching 3 out, soon no danger, 5th of 10, 36l behind Manhattan Swing (11-8) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Tiger Trek (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, ridden in 10th entering straight, 8th before last and kept on one pace run-in, 8th of 17, 15l behind Western Boy (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Tonius (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, slight peck 1st, slight mistake 5th, moderate 4th halfway, ridden and no impression after 3 out, hampered last, 5th of 10, 43l behind Oscar Vespasian (10-13) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Idontdalaay (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, never a factor, pushed along after 4 out, no extra, 12th of 16, 35l behind Pleased As Punch (11-4) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Aug.
Mysticaltou (IRE) Shantou mare out of Mystical Memories.
Official Lady (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division best, ridden in 9th 4 out, no impression and weakened, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind New River (10-10) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mares mdn hdl gf in Jul '13.