COUNSEL won his maiden at Bangor in November before trying his luck in Grade 2 company at Doncaster. He ran well enough that day to suggests he'll be too good for these. Painted Tail is preferred to stablemate Phoenix Returns but neither of the Alan Swinbank runners make much appeal against the four-year-olds which include the former Dermot Weld-trained Three Kingdoms, who won a Galway maiden last September and looks the type to flourish over timber once he gains experience.
Ballycool (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, hmapered 2nd, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 14th of 20, well behind Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
College Green 66-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 12th of 14, well behind Bourne (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec '11.
Emperor Of Rome (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Mid-division, weakened over 3f out, last of 13, well behind Hydrant (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Jun (flat).
Greatown (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Mid-division, chased leaders 6f out, outpaced over 3f out, 4th and beaten when hung right over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 48l behind Bevnott (11-1) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Aug '11.
No Quarter (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased winner, ridden over 2f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Drive Home (8-6) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep (flat).
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Mid-division, driven and outpaced 3 out, kept on same pace from next, never on terms, 6th of 13, 42l behind Forty Crown (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Taxi Des Obeaux (FR) 6-1 (10-5) Towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 11 ran.
Tweedo Paradiso (NZ) 80-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, 9th of 14, 35l behind Cayman Islands (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Counsel (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, kept on from before last, no impression, 4th of 6, 6l behind Kashmir Peak (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3yo hdl Grd 2 (1) gs in Dec.
Painted Tail (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway under pressure before 3 out, stayed on to go remote 2nd before last, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 6, well behind Little Glenshee (11-2) at Kelso 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Grammar 66-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 16, 39l behind Scarlet Prince (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep (flat).
Three Kingdoms (IRE) 9-10fav (9-5) Made all, quickened clear 2f out, ran on strongly straight, eased close home, won at Galway 1m 4f 3yo mdn hvy in Sep beating Faanan Aldaar (9-0) by 10l, 5 ran (flat).