PALACE started favourite for what looked a strong maiden at Leopardstown earlier this month but could only finish fourth. She'll improve for the experience and the runner-up went one better on Thursday so the form looks strong enough for this. Gorteo is undoubtedly the form pick on her second to Terrific at the Curragh in August but both runs to date have been on very fast ground. Leafy Suburb was unfancied on her debut at the Curragh in October and trailed in last after being bumped at the start. She'll do better as will Eloge, who completely missed the break on her opening run at Dundalk.
Eloge (IRE) 50-1 (8-4) Slowly away and in rear, some progress early straight and 7th over 1f out, kept on without troubling leaders, 5th of 10, 13l behind Prince Of All (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3yo mdn stks pol in Mar.
Gorteo (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to go 2nd over 1f out and tried to challenge, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Terrific (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2yo fll mdn gd in Aug.
Leafy Suburb (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leader in 3rd, pushed along 3f out, ridden in 4th over 2f out, soon no extra, last of 6, 14l behind Flying Jib (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Miss Foaley (IRE) Ad Valorem filly out of Shvera.
Nedera Sakhee filly out of Awseyaa.
Palace (IRE) 11-8fav (9-0) Raced in 5th, pushed along and no impression over 1f out, went 4th and kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Waltzing Matilda (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo fll mdn hvy.
Princess Tamay (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Led early, prominent, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 7l behind Sydney James (8-10) at Kempton 1m 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Oct.