Empresario should win races this season but looks too high in the weights at present and the stable have a better chance with Amazing Star, who is nicely handicapped at his best. The Fox Tully ran really well behind Valbucca at the Curragh on Monday while Brown Butterfly caught the eye on her reappearance at the same fixture and is well handicapped. STRONGER THAN ME made a winning return to action here last month where he came with a strong burst to win going away. He's up 7lb for that but is lighly raced and is taken to complete the hat-trick. Troon hails from a yard in top form so the lack of a run since he landed a Listowel maiden in September isn't a concern, while Danzerini has only had four starts in his life and looked sure to win again soon after a fair comeback at Dundalk.
The Fox Tully (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Settled towards rear, smooth headway on outer early straight to challenge 1f out, ridden and no impression on winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Valbucca (9-7) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 50-80 sft.
Empresario (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Made all, strongly pressed straight, kept on well under pressure, wandered about inside final furlong, won at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo clm gd in Oct beating Gun Shoot (8-6) by 1l, 11 ran.
Pc Henry 8-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, 7th entering straight, soon ridden, went 5th 1f out, kept on without threatening, 5th of 16, 12l behind Tobann (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f mdn stks sft in Apr.
Troon (USA) 11-4 (9-9) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead 1 1/2f out, pushed out to assert over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Listowel 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn hvy in Sep beating Exact (9-5) by 3l, 8 ran.
Reposer (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Chased leader in 2nd, led under 2f out, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Apr beating Tsar Paul (9-10) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Waydownsouth (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd 4f out, ridden under 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind The Four Elms (9-11) at Limerick 1m 3f hcp 50-80 hvy in Apr.
Brown Butterfly 14-1 (8-9) Settled in rear, switched right and 8th over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Slipper Orchid (9-2) at Curragh 7f hcp sft.
Ningaloo Reef (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, 7th of 13, 6l behind Slipper Orchid (9-2) at Curragh 7f hcp sft.
Stronger Than Me (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Soon settled towards rear, went 6th and headway from 2f out, challenged down the outer 1f out, stayed on well to lead closing stages, won at Leopardstown 1m Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) sft in Apr beating Smoke Charger (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Danzerini (USA) 6-1 (8-6) Settled in rear, closer in 5th and ridden 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind He's Got Rhythm (8-4) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Mar.
Bendzoldan (IRE) 13-2 (9-2) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 3rd 2f out, under pressure in 5th 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, 10th of 11, 15l behind Fastidious (9-7) at Leopardstown 7f Handicap (50-85) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
If Per Chance (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden and headway into 6th 2f out, close 3rd 1f out, pressed winner final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Shukhov (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Dec.
Mudaffar (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Prominent, 2nd and ridden to challenge early straight, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 8l behind Van Rooney (9-9) at Killarney 1m hcap in Sep.
Amazing Star (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Slowly away and always behind, never a factor, 13th of 14, 13l behind Prospectorous (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (60-90) (4yo+) pol.
Rocky's Pride (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened early straight, eased final furlong, last of 7, 18l behind Fairylike (9-2) at Dundalk 1m app hcp pol in Mar.
Little Arrows (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Rear of mid-division, 8th 2f out, ridden to go 5th 1f out, kept on one pace under pressure inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Slipper Orchid (9-2) at Curragh 7f hcp sft.
Newberry Hill (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, no impression from under 2f out, 8th of 9, 11l behind Morning With Ivan (9-12) at Gowran Park 1m 3yo hcp 47-75 gd in Apr.
Maal (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Mid-division, 8th under 4f out, 6th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 8th of 15, 8l behind Diamond Pro (8-10) at Killarney 1m 3f hcp 47-65 in Sep.