KEVKAT finished a good second to Night Spark at Dundalk on Friday, staying on strongly over the 1m4f trip and sure to appreciate the extra quarter-mile here. Silent Oscar hasn't been seen since beating Macs Joy in the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown two years ago. He returns to action on a very low mark and if anywhere near fit would be an obvious threat. Colleoni is fit from a reasonably successful spell of hurdling and should make his presence felt while Haralan and Bashkirov can also get competitive.
Bravely Fought (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Towards rear, some headway approaching straight, switched right over 1f out and soon 4th, 3rd inside final furlong and kept on same pace under pressure, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Avanti Albert (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 4f Ext hcp pol in Nov.
Bashkirov 9-4fav (9-4) Keen hold and led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon no extra, 6th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Dark Prospect (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f Handicap (60-100) (4yo+) pol in Mar.
Andre Mon Ami (USA) 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, driven along in 4th approaching straight, no impression from under 2f out and dropped to 7th 1f out, 8th of 14, 6l behind Avanti Albert (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 4f Ext hcp pol in Nov.
End Of The Affair (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Mid-division, lost place before straight, no extra from 2f out, 12th of 13, 14l behind Adjaliya (9-4) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp 60-100 in Sep.
Haralan (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders on outer in 6th, 7th early straight, moderate 5th 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 12l behind Raise Your Heart (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 2f Listed stks in Oct.
Holyrood 6-1 (9-10) Soon mid-division, closer in 4th before straight, no impression under pressure from under 2f out, 5th of 8, 11l behind Bashkirov (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 4f 4yo stk pol in Feb.
Great Wisdom (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, progress travelling well straight, switched and ridden in 7th 1 1/2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 11l behind Celtic Soprano (9-4) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp 60-100 hvy.
Kevkat (IRE) 15-2 (10-0) Chased winner, hard driven over 1f out, soon weakened, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Merrymadcap (9-2) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Aug.
Colleoni (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Mid-division, 10th halfway, headway in 6th 5f out, ridden into 4th 3f out, under pressure in 5th 2f out, stayed on to moderate 3rd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong and kept on same pace, 4th of 21, 10l behind Rite Of Passage (9-5) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hvy in Nov.
Spinning Wings (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Soon mid-division, 7th from halfway, no extra under pressure straight, eased from over 1f out, 11th of 12, 28l behind Celtic Soprano (9-4) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp 60-100 hvy.
Beau Michael 12-1 (9-2) Led and disputed, led before halfway, ridden and headed over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 19th of 20, well behind Celtic Soprano (8-13) at Curragh 1m 6f hcp 60-90 sft in Oct.
Street Legal 11-4 (9-9) Prominent, pushed along from over 4f out, soon on terms, headed over 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, 5th of 14, 10l behind Livaleo (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Nov.
Casbah Rock (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Disputed early, headed after 2f, chased leader in 2nd, 3rd 4f out, improved to challenge 2f out, ridden in 2nd over 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 5, 1 1/2l behind Adjaliya (9-3) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gf in Jun.
Billys Dream 16-1 (8-4) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra over 3f out, 10th of 11, 15l behind Dark Prospect (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f Handicap (60-100) (4yo+) pol in Mar.
Slaney Wave (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) last of 12, well behind Designated Decoy (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo mdn hvy in Oct '08.
Hawk Flight (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, tailed off, last of 10, 40l behind Drunken Sailor (9-11) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp 60-90 gd in Aug.
Silent Oscar (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, close up travelling well entering straight, ridden to lead over 2f out, soon clear, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 2m 4yo stk gd in Apr '07 beating Macs Joy (8-12) by 2l, 16 ran.