Plenty of course-winning form here with Storm Steps having completed a double over the trip in the autumn. He's only 3lb higher than his last victory so has to be respected. Conor Hogan gained his only victory to date over the track and trip in September and was less than two lengths behind Storm Steps when conceding 3lb later so there should be little between the pair. NIGHTLY WAILING, third in that latter event, has improved since that run, scoring over 2m next time and running well the last twice, so gets the nod. Sister Eliza was racing here for only the second time when beaten just over a length by Drakensberg last month so should get into contention while Merroir was only run out of it close home when a close third last month.
Storm Steps (IRE) 10-3 (10-1) Edged right away from stalls and led early, prominent in 2nd, 3rd over 4f out, on terms before straight, soon led, joined under 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, one pace after, 3rd of 14, 7 1/2l behind Irish Poseidon (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Dec.
Conor Hogan (IRE) 11-1 (10-1) Broke well, chased leader in 2nd, closer approaching straight, pushed along 2f out, 3rd and ridden over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Drakensberg (9-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Victory March (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, pushed along early straight, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, never a factor, 7th of 14, 7 1/4l behind Palace Rock (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn pol in Feb.
Casa Comigo (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Soon mid-division and raced in 7th, headway approaching straight and pushed along, no extra final furlong, 9th of 12, 12l behind Scholastic (8-6) at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Jan.
Sister Eliza (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Chased leader, 5th halfway, headway approaching straight, pushed along to lead over 2f out, soon ridden, headed 100 yards out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Drakensberg (9-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Eloy D'amerval (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, pushed along entering straight, ridden 2f out and 6th over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4 3/4l behind Drakensberg (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Feb.
Chaparral Dream (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Waited with, soon towards rear, closer in 7th approaching straight, pushed along from 2f out, no impression over 1f out, 9th of 10, 11 1/4l behind The Mouse Doctor (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Indignation (FR) 12-1 (9-12) Soon mid-division, closed into 5th 3f out, kept on same pace from under 2f out, 6th of 18, 14 1/2l behind Dundory (10-0) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp hvy in Nov.
Kalanoura (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Mid-division, 7th 3f out, soon ridden, 5th 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Top Line Tommy (10-2) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Merroir (IRE) 4-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, pushed along and some headway on outer 2f out, edged left and went 2nd 1f out, edged further left and kept on one pace inside final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Lady Of Luxury (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Persian Lion (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Towards rear on outer, some headway into 8th halfway, ridden and no impression early straight, soon no extra, 11th of 13, 14 1/2l behind Drakensberg (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Feb.
Fallen Forest (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, progress after 4 out, 4th 3 out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, no impression on leaders 2 out, no extra before last where slight mistake, 4th of 13, 25 3/4l behind Forrard Away (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hvy in Jan.
Nightly Wailing (IRE) 22-1 (9-10) Chased leaders on outer, ridden 2f out, 2nd over 1f out, disputed 2nd inside final furlong, bumped in 3rd close home, no extra, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Everyhouronthehour (10-2) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Danehill Quest (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Rear of mid-division, headway into 6th 3f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Doyouthinkso (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Tucson 20-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression straight, never a factor, 11th of 14, 12 3/4l behind Top Line Tommy (10-2) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
High Street Lady (IRE) 100-1 (9-10) Hampered start and rider briefly without iron and behind early, in rear, raced on outer straight and some headway, soon one pace, 12th of 14, 10 1/2l behind Blackstone Cliff (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Feb.
Sayesse 150-1 (8-6) Dwelt, always towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 14, 17 3/4l behind Blue Shadow (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Nov.