Tonkinese has run 11 times here without winning but has dropped to a fair mark as a consequence and was staying on over the extended 1m2f a fortnight ago. MORPH SPEED was having only his second start since arriving from France when holding off Sharjah, who was receiving 18lb, over the course and distance three weeks ago. He's been raised 3lb but looks to have plenty more to offer. Tio Esteban, a winner over a mile at Wolverhampton in November, stepped up significantly in trip to score easily here last week and, though up 9lb, still has the potential to improve. Narynkol landed a maiden over the track and trip earlier this month but didn't run as well as expected on his handicap debut a week later. Wild Shot would know his way around here blindfolded having won five of his 31 starts on the track though might just be a pound or two too high while Romantically's victory in December came over 2m.
Tonkinese 11-2 (10-2) Mid-division, ridden to progress on inner 2f out, 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on closing stages of final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Sheberghan (10-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Feb.
Narynkol 5-1 (9-3) Held up, ridden under 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Jon Ess (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Cautious Approach 7-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along 2f out, ridden and no impression in 7th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 5 1/4l behind Nordic Passage (10-0) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Jan.
Latchet (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Always towards rear, never a factor, ridden and no impression under 2f out, no extra, 10th of 12, 10l behind Bucky Larson (10-0) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Feb.
Maricruz (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Rear of mid-division, pushed along early straight and short of room 1 1/2f out, no impression final furlong, kept on one pace, 11th of 14, 11 3/4l behind Saga Bolton (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f pol in Jan.
Wild Shot 6-1 (9-11) Chased leader, close up and disputed after 2 1/2f, 2nd halfway, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, joined over 1f out, narrowly headed final 100 yards, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Sheberghan (10-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Feb.
Will Be King (IRE) 5-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders on inner, pushed along 2f out and ridden in 4th over 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 7th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Major Power (9-13) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Feb.
Pak Army (IRE) 9-1 (8-4) Mid-division on outer, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out and no impression over 1f out, no extra, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 11 3/4l behind San Andreas (9-8) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Feb.
Chico One (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Soon led, pushed along 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, no impression closing stages, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Narynkol (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn pol in Feb.
Sicario (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Raced in 5th early and a little keen, soon 4th, pushed along 3f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 8th of 14, 5 1/4l behind Jon Ess (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Jan.
Mandarin Monarch (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) In rear, pushed along and no impression 4f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, never a factor, 9th of 13, 12 1/4l behind Muzbid (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f pol in Jan.
Romantically (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Soon raced in 2nd, pushed along approaching straight, challenged and led from 1f out, soon edged left, kept on well, won at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Dec beating Yamato (8-11) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Morph Speed (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Held up, ran freely, mid-division halfway, pushed along and some headway 2f out, 2nd over 1f out and ridden to lead 100 yards out, kept on, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb beating Sharjah (8-9) by hd, 14 ran.
Tio Esteban (FR) 16-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ran freely, mid-division halfway, headway between horses to lead 1/2f out, soon ridden and drew clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb beating Drummer (9-1) by 3l, 13 ran.
Cactus Tree (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) A little slow into stride, towards rear, pushed along before straight, one pace from over 1f out, 12th of 14, 8 3/4l behind Nigg Bay (9-10) at Dundalk 6f pol in Nov.
Lady Of Luxury (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden under 2f out and some headway in rear of mid-division over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong to go 5th close home, never a factor, 5th of 13, 7 1/4l behind Tio Esteban (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Cash In Mind (FR) 66-1 (10-2) Waited with, a little slow at 1st, 14th after 5th, no danger from 6th, not fluent 8th, completely tailed off, 14th of 15, dist behind Treacysenniscorthy (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp sft in Dec.