INDIAN ICON's only victory to date came on fast ground at Roscommon but he's been in very good form over hurdles on testing going and should prove better than his rating of 81 suggests. He's handed the vote though there are plenty of threats including the lightly-raced Manhattan Swing, who ended the last campaign with a narrow defeat at Navan. To Choose looks reasonably treated and has been in action over hurdles while Waydownsouth's last success was on very heavy going at Tramore last January. Windsor Queen could provide the main threat as her victories on the level and over hurdles have both been on heavy going.
Cardinal Palace (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 7l behind Paene Magnus (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Oct.
Manhattan Swing (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway into 4th and ridden 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on well and went 2nd close home, 2nd of 17, 3/4l behind Dysios (9-1) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80 in Oct.
Bertimont (FR) (8-13) 3rd of 16, 1/2l behind Aldo Bere (9-2) at Deauville(FR) 1m 1f 2yo clm gd in Dec '12.
Cheval Rouge (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, 7th 2f out, soon no impression, 10th of 21, 14l behind Stuccodor (9-9) at Curragh 1m Premier Handicap (4yo+).
Indian Icon (FR) 4-1 (9-1) Chased leaders on inner, not much room in a dispute of 3rd 1f out, soon no impression and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Maudlin Magdalen (8-12) at Killarney 1m hcp gd in Aug.
Strandfield Lady (IRE) 50-1 (8-4) Always towards rear, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 16th of 21, 22l behind Stuccodor (9-9) at Curragh 1m Premier Handicap (4yo+).
Waydownsouth (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Soon chased leaders, pushed along in 5th before straight, no impression in 4th 1f out, 3rd and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Waver (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Oct.
Neophilia (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Waited with, towards rear 4f out, no impression from 2f out, eased when beaten, 11th of 14, 17l behind Ancient Sands (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-85 pol in Oct.
Windsor Queen (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and strongly pressed from 3f out, headed 1 1/2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 18, 6l behind Stony Grey (9-7) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80 in Oct.
To Choose (IRE) 8-1 (8-2) Settled in mid-division, pushed along in 8th early straight, went 5th and no impression on winner 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 5l behind Castle Guest (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov.
Cest Notre Gris (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden early straight and soon no extra, weakened, 13th of 14, 13l behind Castle Guest (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov.