CHARMING KID is a rare runner here for Richard Fahey and he's a long way clear on official ratings. It's fair to say he hasn't progressed as expected from his debut victory at York but he's raced in better company, including when beaten a length in a Fast Track Qualifier at Kempton earlier this month. Empire Line has had three runs here and improved with each one. He couldn't quite get to Roger That here earlier this month but it was another good effort and further progress is likely. Pass The Vino was very close behind in third and, as that was his first start since July, there's every chance he can reverse the form with the runner-up. That's Not Me won a course and distance maiden in November and started odds-on for a return visit the following month but couldn't hold Annabelle Rock, though that was over the minimum trip.
Charming Kid 7-1 (9-2) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind No Nonsense (9-2) at Kempton 6f stks (2) pol in Jan.
Cityman 9-4fav (8-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and lost place 2f out, under pressure in 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Major Reward (8-13) at Dundalk 7f mdn pol in Sep.
Empire Line (IRE) 11-8fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and headway on outer under 2f out, edged left and went 3rd 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Roger That (9-5) at Dundalk 6f mdn pol in Jan.
James' Will 33-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and no extra 2f out, 13th of 14, 16 3/4l behind Sky Seven (9-5) at Dundalk 7f mdn pol in Dec.
Lavengro Lad (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Dwelt, soon mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 6 3/4l behind Annabelle Rock (8-11) at Dundalk 5f pol in Dec.
Pass The Vino (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Mid-division, switched left after 1f, 8th halfway, headway on inner early straight and ridden in 2nd over 1f out, no impression final 100 yards and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Roger That (9-5) at Dundalk 6f mdn pol in Jan.
That's Not Me (IRE) 4-7fav (9-2) Led, pressed 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, joined 1f out, headed inside final 200 yards, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Annabelle Rock (8-11) at Dundalk 5f pol in Dec.
Snow Hope 25-1 (9-0) Soon led, joined after 2f, led again over 3f out, ridden and pressed 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out and drifted left under pressure, under pressure in 3rd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 14, 8l behind Sky Seven (9-5) at Dundalk 7f mdn pol in Dec.
Halcyon Gal (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, soon no extra, 10th of 14, 10 1/4l behind Lafayette Hill (9-0) at Dundalk 1m mdn fll pol in Dec.