Fromajacktoaking had looked a bit disappointing before landing a Down Royal claimer after which he's continued to make progress. He's been raised 5lb for last month's success on heavy ground at the Curragh and this is his toughest task to date. BEYOND THANKFUL looked a certain future winner when tackling heavy ground at Listowel last month and duly obliged in the easiest of fashion at Roscommon. This is his first start in a handicap but there's more to come and he can follow up. Snow Queen has to be a threat as she landed a maiden at the Curragh on very testing ground and has competed at a much higher level subsequently. Lightnin Hopkins shouldn't be dismissed despite a couple of moderate runs as they have been at a high level and he won twice over the C&D in the summer while the top pair, Muaanid and Karamaya, both won on their debuts before tackling Group races and performing with credit.
Muaanid 4-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, ridden 1 1/2f out, closer 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, last of 4, 6l behind Battle Of Marengo (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) in Sep.
Karamaya (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led, strongly pressed 2f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, no extra, 7th of 13, 6l behind Sky Lantern (9-0) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Lightnin Hopkins (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Held up on outer, ridden 2f out, no extra final furlong, 8th of 9, 4 1/2l behind All Ablaze (8-4) at Dundalk 5f 2yo hcp pol in Sep.
Snow Queen (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden into 4th 2f out, drifted left under pressure 1 1/2f out, 2nd 1f out, no chance with winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Viztoria (9-0) at Curragh 6f 2yo lst stk (1) in Sep.
Beyond Thankful (IRE) 9-4 (9-5) Towards rear early, soon mid-division, pushed along in 8th halfway, ridden into 4th 2f out, stayed on to lead over 1f out, kept on strongly to assert final furlong, eased close home, won at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn beating Fortify (9-5) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Talitha Kum (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 7, 18l behind Viztoria (9-0) at Curragh 6f 2yo lst stk (1) in Sep.
Washboard Sam (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and challenged inside final furlong, headed last 50 yards, no extra, 3rd of 6, 1/2l behind Sir Walter Scott (9-3) at Dundalk 7f 2yo stks pol in Sep.
Angela's Dream (IRE) 5-1fav (9-8) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, headway to challenge 2f out, soon led, ridden and challenged 1f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, kept on well under pressure, won at Down Royal 7f 2yo hcp in Sep beating Clancy Avenue (9-12) by nk, 14 ran.
Fromajacktoaking (IRE) 13-8fav (9-7) Prominent, close 2nd halfway, ridden 2f out, under pressure in 2nd over 1f out, kept on to challenge inside final furlong and led close home, won at Curragh 6f 2yo hcp in Sep beating Gathering Power (9-8) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Ballyorban (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Settled in 4th, 3rd travelling well early straight, ridden to challenge from 1 1/2f out, 2nd and kept on inside final furlong, not pace of winner, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Hall Of Mirrors (9-6) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo hcp gd.
Gathering Power (IRE) 7-4 (9-8) Settled behind leaders, behind horses travelling well 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong and headed close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Fromajacktoaking (9-7) at Curragh 6f 2yo hcp in Sep.
Indigo Ridge (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, 24l behind Hail Shower (8-9) at Dundalk 7f 2yo hcp pol.