BRIAN THE WARRIOR, runner-up to Marshim here in October and much better off at the weights, is still a maiden but might well have lost that tag but for falling two out in Speed Dial's race here in December. He's been given time to recover and is handed the vote to finally get off the mark. Shanroe Society has suffered in the weights after his victory at Thurles in January while Gordon Elliott's recent acquisition from the UK Castletown Bridge may still be a few pounds high in the weights.
Speed Dial 11-2 (10-2) Mid-division mainly 7th, ridden 2 out and soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace, 7th of 11, 13l behind Tennis Cap (11-1) at Naas 2m hcp hdl hvy in Jan.
Castletown Bridge (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 7f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 14, 5l behind Hollow Penny (11-4) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Kims Dream (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened from 3 out, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Credit Box (10-9) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Sep, 16 ran.
City Line (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Waited with towards rear, closed to chase leaders 3 out, no impression and kept on straight, 5th of 14, 9l behind Thepartysover (11-5) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Feb.
Marshim (IRE) 11-2 (10-3) Settled in rear of mid-division, 7th halfway, good headway entering straight to go 3rd 2 out, pushed along and no impression before last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Treat Yourself (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m nov hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Shanroe Society (IRE) 4-1fav (10-3) In rear, not fluent 2nd, never a factor, pushed along and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace to go moderate 4th closing stages, 4th of 7, 17l behind Khan Tengri (10-6) at Downpatrick 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 80-109.
Cheap As Chips (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Towards rear when brought down on bend after 1st, in a race won by Whiskey And Rye (11-12) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Feb, 15 ran.
Brian The Warrior (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Prominent in chasing group, closing in 2nd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Dec, 14 ran.