Dylan Hogan is making a name for himself and showed good tactical awareness to make all on HAILSTONE at Limerick. His mount has a 9lb rise to contend with but won with plenty in hand and can defy the extra. Runner-up Dinky Inty was beaten over five lengths but is entitled to get much closer on the revised terms. Melisandre came here to land a maiden over the trip in September though it didn't look the strongest of events but Jon Ess returns to his best trip after finding little at the business end over a mile and makes his handicap debut. Settle For Bay gained a surprise victory on his handicap bow on ground with some give at Leopardstown, when Lady Rosebud was behind, but makes his debut on the surface unlike the latter, though she was behind the selection at Limerick.
Hailstone (IRE) 10-3fav (9-11) Broke well to lead, made all, pushed along 2f out, ridden and asserted over 1f out, kept on strongly, impressive, won at Limerick 7f hcp gf in Apr beating Dinky Inty (9-4) by 5 1/2l, 14 ran.
Melisandre (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Ran 4th, 3rd halfway, driven under 2f out, ridden to lead under 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Dundalk 7f mdn fll pol in Sep beating Three Sisters (9-0) by 1l, 12 ran.
Jon Ess (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Broke well, tracked leader, 2nd halfway, under pressure and led briefly 1 1/2f out, no impression in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Vincy (9-2) at Dundalk 1m pol in Mar.
Settle For Bay (FR) 16-1 (8-8) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, 6th halfway, travelling smoothly and switched right under 2f out, soon pushed along, close 5th 1f out, soon challenged, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Leopardstown 7f hcp Good - Yielding in Apr beating Gino Severini (9-5) by nk, 11 ran.
Dinky Inty (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, 9th over 3f out, progress to 4th 1f out, soon 3rd, kept on to 2nd closing stages, no impression on easy winner, 2nd of 14, 5 1/2l behind Hailstone (9-11) at Limerick 7f hcp gf in Apr.
Lady Rosebud (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Rear of mid-division, 7th halfway, no impression, kept on same pace final furlong, 9th of 14, 7 1/4l behind Hailstone (9-11) at Limerick 7f hcp gf in Apr.