progress on outer to lead after 1f, travelled well and 2 lengths clear under 2f out, ridden and kept on well inside final furlong
prominent early, tracked leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along in 7th 2f out and no extra over 1f out, eased inside final furlong
tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression over 1f out, no extra final 150 yards
towards rear, some progress on outer 4f out, ridden 2f out and no impression in 8th over 1f out, no extra
tracked leaders, 6th halfway, progress under 2f out and ridden to go 2nd over 1f out, under pressure and kept on inside final furlong
prominent, tracked leader and 2nd halfway, pushed along and no extra under 2f out, 7th 1f out, weakened
towards rear, never a factor, ridden in rear 2f out, some progress in 10th 1f out, kept on one pace
rear of mid-division, 8th 2f out, ridden and drifted right in 6th over 1f out, under pressure and edged left inside final furlong, kept on well
tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along under 2f out and ridden in 5th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong
slowly into stride, always towards rear, never a factor, no extra from 2f out
mid-division, 8th halfway, pushed along in 5th 2f out, ridden over 1f out and 3rd 150 yards out, kept on one pace
mid-division, dropped towards rear and ridden over 2f out, no extra, weakened
rear of mid-division, never a factor, ridden and no extra under 2f out
rear of mid-division, never a factor, ridden and no impression in rear under 2f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong
MANDARIN MONARCH has never run on this surface and has undoubtedly been disappointing this season after a winning start last October. However, his official rating suggests he's very well in here and looks the one to beat. Hes Our Music has won five times around here and has continued to run well recently over trips too short so it will be a surprise if he's not in the firing-line again. Power Grid has a victory over 7f here to his credit and though well beaten on his only start at the trip on Turf is worth another chance as he was staying on well over a mile last time. His stable companion Elusive In Paris has a very good record here and though he's never won over the distance he's gone close a few times and is expected to go well.
Hes Our Music (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders on outer and took keen hold, led halfway, ridden and joined 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, no impression in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Hurricane Cass (9-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Oct.
Maskoon 7-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along in 7th 2f out and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 5 1/4l behind Park Row (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Sep.
Alnahar (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Chased leader, 7th under 4f out, driven under 3f out, ridden under 2f out, no impression, dropped to 10th 1f out, kept on same pace, 9th of 14, 5 3/4l behind Manorov (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Sep.
San Quentin (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Dwelt, held up, in rear, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 9 1/2l behind Flymetothestars (9-3) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (4) pol in Oct.
Elusive In Paris (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, switched to inner and ridden to progress 2f out, stayed on into 5th 1f out, kept on final furlong, disputed 2nd close home, 4th at line, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Rahyah (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct.
Sas (IRE) 100-1 (8-13) Very slowly into stride, raced in rear, 6th halfway, pushed along approaching straight, no headway, never a factor, 6th of 7, 34 3/4l behind Brendan Brackan (9-7) at Cork 1m lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Aphoristic (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Held up, raced in 12th from early, no extra straight, last of 14, dist behind Boom Box (9-7) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f Soft - Heavy in Sep.
Power Grid (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Towards rear, ridden to progress on inner 2f out, 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 4 1/4l behind Fairy Foxglove (9-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Aug.
Eighteen Summers (USA) 7-1 (9-4) Soon led, joined under 5f out, soon led again, pressed over 2f out, soon headed and no extra, one pace, 4th of 14, 8 1/4l behind Boom Box (9-7) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f Soft - Heavy in Sep.
Aladdins Cave 40-1 (8-4) Dwelt, progress to lead after 2f, headed after 5f and 2nd halfway, ridden and dropped to rear 4f out, weakened, completely tailed off, last of 11, dist behind Gusty Rocky (9-12) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp Yielding - Soft in Sep.
Mandarin Monarch (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Soon tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along over 3f out, no impression in 3rd over 2f out, dropped to 5th 1f out, kept on same pace to 4th close home, 4th of 8, 11 3/4l behind Windsor Beach (9-12) at Cork 1m 2f hcp sft in Oct.
Ultra Thef (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division,11th over 4f out, driven entering straight, ridden under 2f out, no extra, 12th of 14, 21 1/4l behind Kandahari (8-5) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp sft in Sep.
Ravens Hill (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Led and disputed, mistake 4th, led halfway, pressed 2 out, ridden and headed before last, under pressure in 4th when slightly hampered last, kept on one pace run-in, 4th of 15, 4 3/4l behind Lord Justice (10-12) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn sft in Sep.
Dissertation 33-1 (11-0) Prominent, soon 2nd, not fluent 3 out, soon one pace, 5th of 16, 16l behind Light That (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn Yielding in Oct.