Fortify showed potential last season but still looked very inexperienced when reappearing with a victory in a Cork maiden which is working out well. He's still in the Derby though that seems a long way off. CAESARIA looked in need of further when making a winning debut over 6f on the opening day of the season at the Curragh and this should prove ideal. He just gets the vote though Mouteab has been progressing nicely and stayed on strongly to score over 7f at Dundalk. Talitha Kum won a Listowel maiden by 10 lengths on heavy ground in September and ran in better company subsequently as did Sligo winner Hard Core Debt, whose final run last July was in a Group 3.
Fortify 7-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden to challenge 1f out and carried head high, led final 150 yards, kept on well, won at Cork 1m 3yo mdn sft in Mar beating Sophisticated Heir (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Caesaria (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along to challenge 1 1/2f out, ridden in 2nd over 1f out kept on final furlong to press leader and led close home, won at Curragh 6f mdn stks hvy in Mar beating Master Speaker (9-5) by hd, 12 ran.
Hard Core Debt 12-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden in 4th and no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 13l behind Grafelli (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Jul.
Mouteab (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, challenged travelling well 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, pressed close home, won at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Sep beating Magician (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Talitha Kum (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, weakened, 10th of 12, 14l behind Snow Queen (9-3) at Naas 6f 2yo prm hcp hvy in Oct.