Most of Ireland's best young riders are involved here and Cry For The Moon will lack nothing in the saddle under Shane Foley though he keeps rising in the weights without winning. Joseph O'Brien's booking for Scots Gaelic is interesting as his mount will love the fast ground though he's out of form at present. Honest Strike hasn't been seen since scoring at Southwell in October for Henry Cecil but connections went to 32,000gns for him and he should begin to repay that faith soon. Spring Hawk's only success came on fast ground over this trip at Down Royal in June but he's 12lb higher so the vote goes to the veteran HEARTHSTEAD DREAM, who has been in good form over timber and is 8lb lower than when last scoring on the Flat.
Honest Strike (USA) 9-4 (9-3) Raced wide, close up, went 2nd over 4f out, soon ridden, ridden to challenge and edged left over 2f out, led 2f out, wandered inside final 2f, stayed on inside final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Oct beating Gakalina (8-12) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Gretzky (8-13) 9th of 16, 4l behind Le Bosphore (8-11) at Craon(FR) 1m 4f stk gd in Sep.
Alamanda (IRE) 4-1fav (8-4) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge 3f out, no extra 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 10, 7l behind Hawk Flight (8-5) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gf in Apr.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, never a factor, no threat in straight, 16th of 17, 20l behind Bondage (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gf.
Gypsie Queen (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Chased clear leader, 5th halfway, no extra from early straight, 10th of 17, 11l behind Bondage (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gf.
Cry For The Moon (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, some headway approaching straight, 8th early straight, went 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 2 1/2l behind Bondage (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gf.
Perfect Gemstone (USA) 4-1 (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along approaching straight, no extra from 2f out, eased, tailed off, last of 17, well behind Bondage (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gf.
Spring Hawk (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 4th under 2f out, 2nd and challenged entering final furlong, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 14, hd behind Dazzle Dancer (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
Bashkirov 33-1 (7-9) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden and weakened 3f out, 14th of 19, 19l behind Bob Le Beau (9-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in May.
Hearthstead Dream 10-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, some headway entering straight, stayed on outer from over 1f out without threatening, 7th of 14, 12l behind Anshan Dreams (9-5) at Dundalk 2m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Galakina (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, some headway approaching straight, 5th 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 9th of 17, 11l behind Bondage (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gf.
Apostle Of Rome (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leader until over 5f out, ridden to chase leader again 2f out, soon every chance, edged right and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 5l behind Fine Lace (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct '09.
Winterdown Star (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 13th of 15, 23l behind Cannot Give (8-13) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 47-60 gf in Jun '10.
Ionisphere 12-1 (8-8) Held up early, close up 7f out, led 5f out, headed and ridden in 3rd over 4f out, no impression and kept on same pace from under 2f out, 5th of 15, 7l behind Grand Cru (9-1) at Wexford 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf in May.