Both Aidan O'Brien and Jim Bolger had three entries at the early stage. The former relies on the newcomer PALACE, who is entered in the 1000 Guineas and Oaks in Ireland and the UK, which is hardly surprising given she's related to a host of useful winners. She's taken to make a winning start though Bolger's Intense Debate showed steady improvement in her first campaign and, with her stable starting the new season in very good shape, she looks certain to be involved. John Oxx' few runners to date have been going well without quite getting there so Sherama, who caught the eye on her introduction over 7f here in October, should get into the frame with progress almost guaranteed while Tommy Stack's Danehill Dancer filly Waltzing Matilda is a full sister to the useful Vault. Fantastic Dilly looks best of the Willie McCreery pair.
Fantastic Dilly (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on inner, 5th 3f out, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 13, 15l behind Dazzling (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2yo fll mdn gf in Sep.
Intense Debate (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, moderate 4th approaching straight, 3rd over 2f out, in pursuit of winner in 2nd over 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Cristal Fashion (8-11) at Navan 1m 2yo flls mdn auc stks sft in Oct.
Miss Gally Rio (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 12th halfway, soon ridden and no impression, 14th of 20, 19l behind Iveagh Gardens (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn stks in Mar.
Palace (IRE) Fastnet Rock filly out of Lady Icarus.
Sherama (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, headway to go 2nd 2f out, pushed along and 3rd early final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 9, 6l behind I'm Yours (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo fll mdn sft in Oct.
Waltzing Matilda (IRE) Danehill Dancer filly out of Simadartha.
Wood Violet (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and in rear, ridden 2f out, soon checked, kept on one paced final furlong, 13th of 20, 18l behind Iveagh Gardens (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn stks in Mar.