Zalty and Levanto both won maidens at Dundalk and are difficult to evaluate though they hail from stables who have no problems getting one ready after a break. SECRET RECIPE made a promising debut behind Cristoforo Colombo at Navan before beating three rivals at Listowel. All of the beaten trio have won subsequently so Dermot Weld's charge can make a successful reappearance. Hold The Line is an obvious danger having got off the mark with a comfortable victory on testing ground at Limerick.
Hold The Line (IRE) 4-11fav (9-5) Made all, ridden along to assert from 2f out, in command and clear final furlong, stayed on well, won at Limerick 1m 3yo mdn aut beating Durand (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Secret Recipe 5-2 (9-5) Dwelt a little and raced mainly 3rd of the 4, niggled along into straight, went in pursuit of leader from over 1f out, stayed on well to lead well inside final furlong, won at Listowel 7f 2yo mdn hvy in Sep beating Hall Of Mirrors (9-5) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Zalty (FR) 25-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway under 2f out, ridden into 5th 1f out, stayed on final furlong to narrow lead close home, just prevailed, won at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov beating In Salutem (9-5) by shd, 14 ran.
Levanto (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, 3rd 2f out, ridden to challenge in 2nd 1f out, soon led and stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov beating Rapid Approach (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.