EINSTEINS FOLLY went up 8lb for his final victory of the last campaign and came up against a progressive type when runner-up to Francis Of Assisi on his return. He should do well again this year and can go one better though Qasser, who didn't run as a juvenile and was having just his fourth start when scoring at Cork in October, looks a big threat. Star Links has won eight times and took advantage of a lenient mark and very testing ground to score at Leopardstown. Seanie ended last season with a superb effort in a very tough handicap at Leopardstown and should make a bold bid to defy his big weight.
Seanie (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway on outer in straight, ridden to go 4th inside final furlong and every chance final 100 yards, no impression on winner close home, 2nd of 17, nk behind Lily's Angel (9-4) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Sep.
Hurricane Twister (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden and no extra over 2f out, weakened, last of 13, 19l behind Strait Of Zanzibar (8-8) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol.
Ondeafears (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, headway on inner entering straight, 3rd 1f out, kept on well, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Lady Wingshot (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Gunner Lindley (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, no extra and weakened, 14th of 20, 21l behind Sweet Lightning (9-8) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) hvy in Mar.
Einsteins Folly (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into close 2nd under 2f out, no impression winner over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Francis Of Assisi (9-3) at Curragh 7f 3yo ext hcp hvy in Mar.
Qasser (IRE) 8-13fav (9-5) Made all, travelling best from over 2f out, soon asserted, clear when flicked tail under 1f out, reduced lead close home but always well in command, won at Cork 1m 3yo mdn hvy in Oct beating Epic Encounter (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Soon disputed, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no extra and weakened, 12th of 13, 18l behind Strait Of Zanzibar (8-8) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol.
Star Links (USA) 8-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, headway into 2nd 1 1/2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Limerick 1m hcp 50-80 sft beating Maundy Money (8-5) by 4l, 11 ran.
The Giving Tree (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no threat in straight, 13th of 14, 8l behind Aladdins Cave (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov.
Imaginationrunwild (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Soon mid-division, wide straight, no impression approaching final furlong, 10th of 13, 12l behind Paene Magnus (9-8) at Dundalk 1m hcp 60-80 pol in Nov.