HALLING'S TREASURE looks vulnerable after three defeats but in the absence of credible opposition he's given another chance. The form of his latest defeat by Shantou Ed has been let down by the winner but he had a couple of useful types behind and this is his best opportunity so far. The others with form over timber look moderate. Recent Dundalk winner Our Manekineko should improve for his debut while Shutter Island is slowly getting the hang of things but it could be a newcomer who provides the main threat with Kitten Rock, runner-up in a Longchamp claimer last summer, possibly the best of them. Ebony Roc won a couple of races on Polytrack for Amanda Perrett and Gordon Elliott, who trains the selection, will get the best out of him.
Achtung 100-1 (11-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, slight mistake 3rd, dropped to 3rd halfway, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Abbyssial (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 4yo hdl Grade 2 (1) in Feb.
Black Ice (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, progress into 5th 4 out, 3rd before 3 out, ridden in 5th entering straight, no impression from 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 16l behind Florishwells D'ete (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Ebony Roc (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, weakened inside final 2f, 6th of 9, 8l behind Commissar (9-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Halling's Treasure 9-4 (10-13) Tracked leaders, on terms 3 out where slight peck, mistake 2 out, headed and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 20, 4l behind Shantou Ed (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Kahdian (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden in 9th entering straight, no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 17, 14l behind Sea Beat (10-12) at Naas 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Kitten Rock (FR) 7-2 (8-11) 2nd of 6, shd behind Missing Ones (9-1) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f stk gd in Jul (flat).
Our Manekineko 50-1 (10-9) Held up in last, no impression before 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Abbyssial (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo hdl in Jan.
Shutter Island (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, progress into 6th after 4 out, ridden entering straight, no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 18l behind Florishwells D'ete (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Todd's Captain (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Soon disputed and led after 1f, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra over 2f out, weakened, last of 13, 22l behind High Octane (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f 2yo mdn aut gs in Sep '12 (flat).
Togoville (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Towards rear, no danger 4 out, 11th of 16, well behind Abbyssial (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.
Wee Gaza (IRE) Milan gelding out of Gaza Strip.
De Danu's Bach (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) In rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 8th of 10, 50l behind Beluckyagain (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Streak 2-1fav (9-7) Steadied start, soon in touch on outside, headway to 3rd 3f out, soon ridden, no chance with winner 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 9l behind Big Thunder (9-3) at Brighton 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) fm in Jun (flat).