soon mid-division, 7th early, ridden 2f out, soon challenged in centre of track, almost on terms and every chance from 1f out, kept on same pace closing stages
led, headed from halfway, no extra 2f out, eased inside final furlong
soon pushed along in rear, ridden on outer in straight, 6th 1f out, soon no impression, kept on
slowly into stride, ridden from early straight, eased from 2f out
took keen hold, prominent, led from halfway, headed and no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace
chased leaders early, soon mid-division, no impression in 7th 1f out
prominent, took keen hold early, ridden 2f out, dropped to 8th and no impression 1f out
held up, 8th early, improved into 5th on outer 1f out, led and stayed on well inside final furlong
chased leaders, under pressure in close 4th 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong
tracked leaders, 3rd for much, no impression under pressure and ko same pace inside final furlong
Cheers Buddy completed a double over the course and distance at the end of last year but looked in the grip of the handicapper on his hat-trick attempt. Tribal Path scored at Lingfield for Mark Johnston and starts off for new connections on a fair mark. California Rose has to be considered as she had Phils Wish and Hilary just behind when scoring over the trip in December then found 1m3f too far a week later. The placed horses will be fancied to take their revenge on better terms as neither had the best of runs. Runaiocht ran his best ever race behind Lily's Prince three weeks ago and in that kind of mood would be difficult to beat but GOLD FALCON, who finished third, lost his chance at the start and can take his revenge and gain his second success on the track.
Cheers Buddy (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Soon mid-division, 6th over 1f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 11, 4l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-8) at Dundalk 1m stks (0-75) pol in Dec.
Tribal Path (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Led early, tracked leader 1f, tracked leaders, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 12l behind Soul Intent (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct.
California Rose 6-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, no impression from under 2f out, 10th of 14, 9l behind Bog War (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Seven Samurai (USA) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, slightly hampered after 1 1/2f, ridden and no impression entering straight, 8th of 14, 16l behind Timjoe (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Trans City (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 11th on outer 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 7l behind Cristy's Call (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Stoichkhov (8-5) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Sovereign Princess (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 11l behind Gallena (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Hilary (IRE) 9-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, 6th 3f out, soon ridden, 4th 2f out, soon ridden, went 3rd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2l behind Palace Of Winds (9-2) at Dundalk 1m pol in Jan.
Phils Wish (IRE) 2-1fav (9-6) Chased leaders, 2nd 2f out, soon ridden, 3rd when short of room briefly over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind California Rose (9-11) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Runaiocht (IRE) 28-1 (8-5) Prominent and led early, tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Lily's Prince (8-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Al Fahidi (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 12, 5l behind Cool Athlete (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Jan.
Roll Away Green (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 10th of 15, 19l behind Daisy Mountain (8-8) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-65 hvy in Aug '12.