Red Army Blues refused to settle under Johnny Murtagh and found nothing in the closing stages when sent off favourite at Dundalk on Friday. An apprentice takes over the reins today and looks to have a job on his hands. Murtagh rides Nidian here and, despite failing to get his head in front last year, he ran very well on several occasions and would have a chance if fit enough after a break. Desert Ben won this in 2008 but has only been successful once subsequently which is why he's dropped to a fair mark nowadays. Teachers Choice doesn't win often and is 8lb higher than for his latest success at Gowran in September. One Of Three made a promising reappearance at Dundalk but failed to fire when well supported at Tipperary on Thursday. Goddess Of Light ran very well on heavy ground at the Curragh two weeks ago but had a fitness advantage over FIRST IN COMMAND, who was having his first start since October and looks good enough to defy a big weight in this moderate handicap.
First In Command (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Mid-division, never a factor, 11th of 20, 10l behind West Coast Dream (9-7) at Curragh 6f hcp 55-80 sft.
An Saighdiur (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, last of 14, 11l behind Dash Back (8-9) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Dec.
Maarek 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders in 3rd on inner, ridden straight, kept on same pace from 2f out, 4th of 15, 5l behind Maal (9-10) at Limerick 1m hcp 50-80 sft.
Statue Of Dreams (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) In rear, driven along before halfway, never a factor, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 5l behind Celerina (9-2) at Dundalk 5f Apprentice Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) pol.
Goddess Of Light (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders in centre of course, 6th 2f out, 4th 1f out, no impression on winner and kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 20, 2 3/4l behind West Coast Dream (9-7) at Curragh 6f hcp 55-80 sft.
Majestic Times (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Prominent in centre of course, 3rd halfway, ridden over 1f out, no impression and dropped to 6th inside final furlong, 6th of 20, 6l behind West Coast Dream (9-7) at Curragh 6f hcp 55-80 sft.
Mountain Mama (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Mid-division, 12th halfway, no threat from over 1f out, 17th of 20, 21l behind West Coast Dream (9-7) at Curragh 6f hcp 55-80 sft.
Nidian (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Keen hold and led, ridden and challenged over 1f out, headed final 150 yards, no extra, 4th of 14, 3/4l behind An Saighdiur (9-5) at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol in Oct.
Teachers Choice (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Close up to halfway, soon driven along and weakened, 10th of 14, 10l behind Kardyls Hope (9-7) at Cork 6f app hcp 3yo gd in Oct.
The Educator (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 13l behind Buaiteoir (10-0) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Oct.
Mt Weather (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 18th of 20, 22l behind West Coast Dream (9-7) at Curragh 6f hcp 55-80 sft.
Newpark Rio (IRE) 33-1 (7-11) Prominent, no extra from over 1f out, 11th of 17, 8l behind Mini Chou (8-2) at Navan 5f app hcp 50-90 gd in Oct.
One Of Three (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Close up, no impression under pressure from 2f out, 8th of 15, 6l behind Kateeva (8-8) at Tipperary 5f app hcp 47-65 sft.
Master Melody (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden and dropped to 5th under 2f out, one pace, 7th of 14, 8l behind Dubawi Star (9-3) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Nov.
Red Army Blues (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Dwelt, towards rear, good headway on inner into 5th 2f out, ridden into 3rd 1f out, kept on well final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 14, shd behind Big Tex (9-3) at Dundalk 6f 3yo hcp 47-70 pol in Mar.
Lady Look (USA) 9-1 (9-11) Mid-division, kept on same pace on outer straight, 9th of 16, 12l behind Mrs Batt (9-2) at Limerick 7f hcp 47-60 sft.
Desert Ben (IRE) 9-2fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th and ridden 2f out, soon no extra, eased when beaten final furlong, 10th of 14, 17l behind Great Realief (8-11) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-60 pol.
Spin Of A Coin (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra under pressure from over 1f out, 11th of 23, 8l behind Port Elizabeth (8-5) at Curragh 7f 2yo hcp 50-75 in Oct.
Stoichkhov (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and challenged 3f out, headed 2f out, no extra, weakened when hampered 1 1/2f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind Roches Cross (9-3) at Listowel 1m 2yo mdn gf in Jun.
Blue Law (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon no extra and weakened, 10th of 14, 13l behind Bubbly Bellini (8-10) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-70 pol in Mar.
Heir To The Mint (USA) 20-1 (8-9) Mid-division, weakened from 2f out, eased final furlong, 17th of 18, 36l behind Il Boro (9-4) at Navan 1m 2yo hcp 50-80 gd in Oct.
Fiona's Spirit (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Chased leaders to halfway, no extra entering straight, 9th of 14, 15l behind Goodbye Earl (9-7) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Rita Pride (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Close 2nd early, 6th and ridden entering straight, moderate 4th and kept on final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Ability N Delivery (9-9) at Dundalk 5f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Crowned Supreme (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leader until over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 6, 24l behind Fine Threads (8-12) at Ayr 7f 2yo mdn (5) hvy in Oct.
Celestial Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (7-11) Mid-division, kept on same pace under pressure from 2f out, 12th of 15, 10l behind Kateeva (8-8) at Tipperary 5f app hcp 47-65 sft.