Patrick Mullins gave Ceol Rua a hard time when she was narrowly beaten by Sugar Bullet at Naas and picked up a ban as a consequence. Providing the mare hasn't been affected she looks certain to go well as the extra quarter-mile will suit. Backinthere is another who needs a stiffer test of stamina than she has been getting and ran well behind What An Flyer at Cork while Metro Star has been outpaced inside the final furlong on her two latest starts so her rider is likely to make this a strong gallop. That should suit BENNY'S FAGARTHA, who ran a very pleasing race on her debut behind Catcherinthescratcher at Navan last month where she stayed on stoutly, looking a sure-fire future winner in the process.
Aylesbury Park (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Slow jump 1st, never better than mid-division, tailed off, last of 19, well behind Tornedo Shay (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 5yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Backinthere (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Soon led, headed and no impression from 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 7l behind What An Flyer (11-4) at Cork 2m mrs N H flat sft.
Ceol Rua (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway on inner early straight, close 2nd and challenging when briefly bumped entering final furlong, every chance last 100 yards, just failed, 2nd of 8, hd behind Sugar Bullet (11-9) at Naas 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Girlie'sdream (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, well behind Brave Beauty (11-2) at Punchestown 2m mrs N H flat in Oct.
Jacksonslady (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Mid-div, took closer order 4out, ld before 2out, strongly pressed before last, kow, won at Castletown-Geoghegan 3m ire ptp sft in Oct beating Codscatch (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Metro Star (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on outer, 5th halfway, improved into close 2nd approaching straight, soon challenged, led narrowly 1 1/2f out, headed 100 yards from finish, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Byerley Bear (11-9) at Cork 2m N H flat sft.
Princess Gaia (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Held up, pulled up up quickly 7f out, clinically abnormal post race, in a race won by Our Victoria (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 2f mares n h flat gd in Oct, 22 ran.
Whatwillwecallher (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Bhd, 10th 1/2 way, went 5th 5out, prog to 3rd 3out, ld from next, sn cl, sow, won at Lemonfield 3m ire ptp gs in Mar beating Shanella (12-0) by 8l, 13 ran.
Benny's Fagartha (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Held up, good headway on inner to go 3rd early straight, no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 6l behind Catcherinscratcher (11-2) at Navan 2m mrs N H flat lst (1) sft in Nov.
Caheronaun (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, some headway 3 out, moderate 7th early straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 22, 34l behind Zaidpour (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl in Nov.
Celtic Cailin (IRE) Beneficial filly out of Distant Dreams.
Kates Benefit (IRE) Beneficial filly out of Greenflag Princess.
Strandfield Bay (IRE) Wizard King filly out of Stylish Chic.
Subtle Leader (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Mistake and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Strain Of Fame (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Oct, 14 ran.
Wing It Lady (IRE) Hawk Wing filly out of Promising Lady.