It's tempting to give Intense Debate one final chance to open her account after an improved second back over 1m at Listowel but she is not one for maximum stakes. COMTESSE, only beaten a neck when second on her debut over track and trip, rates a better option as she's open to improvement and has the beating of Que Sera Sera. Sea Coast has been thereabouts in her last two runs and won't be far away again while Royal Memory has scope, though may need further in time.
Comtesse 14-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and improved to lead under 2f out, joined inside final furlong and headed 50 yards out, kept on same pace without matching winner close home, 2nd of 14, nk behind Ponfeigh (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo mdn gd.
Fire Stone (IRE) Fastnet Rock filly out of Dance To The Top.
Happy Gathering (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden along in 12th under 3f out, no impression from under 2f out and kept on final furlong, 6th of 14, 10l behind Ponfeigh (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo mdn gd.
Intense Debate (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked leader in 3rd early, soon 2nd, challenged leader halfway, ridden to lead 1f out, headed 50 yards out, held, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Bribe The Bouncer (9-5) at Listowel 1m 3yo mdn aut gd.
Que Sera Sera 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, improved into 3rd inside final furlong and kept on close home without threating, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Ponfeigh (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo mdn gd.
Royal Memory 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, no impression from under 2f out and kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 14, 11l behind Ponfeigh (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo mdn gd.
Sea Coast (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and improved into 3rd on outer over 2f out, no impression final furlong and kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Hazaraba (9-0) at Naas 7f fll mdn stks.