chased leaders in 4th and took keen hold early, ridden and went 3rd 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, just failed
chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 2nd 2f out, improved to lead 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, reduced advantage and strongly pressed close home, all out
held up in last early, went 5th before halfway, ridden in moderate 4th 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on close home
led, ridden entering straight, strongly pressed 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, dropped to 3rd 1f out, no extra in 4th inside final furlong
held up in 5th early, ridden before halfway and soon dropped to last, no impression
chased leaders in 3rd, ridden entering straight, dropped to moderate 5th 2f out, no impression
I Will Excel would be the one to be on if recapturing last season's juvenile form but he's disappointed in his last two starts on Turf. Splashtop's only victory to date came on soft ground and she's never raced on an artificial surface but would be an obvious threat if suited. IRON MAJOR has won five times around here and has had a nice break since mid-summer where he was beaten in a similar race when odds-on at Fairyhouse. He's been put in at a reasonable claiming price and can gain victory number six on the track. Hard Times has never been placed in five starts here and Fragile Earth makes her debut on the track.
I Will Excel (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Soon led near side group, pushed along halfway, soon headed, bumped under 2f out, soon one pace, 11th of 17, 9 1/2l behind Little Treasure (9-0) at Naas 6f mdn gd in Aug.
Splashtop (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Soon raced in 8th, pushed along over 3f out, one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Katimavik (9-10) at Naas 7f hcp Yielding in Sep.
Iron Major (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, no impression 2f out, moderate 8th over 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 10, 8 1/4l behind Have A Nice Day (9-11) at Curragh 7f hcp gd in Jul.
Hard Times (IRE) 13-2fav (8-11) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd entering straight, ridden in moderate 2nd 2f out, no impression on winner 1f out, dropped to 3rd and no extra close home, 3rd of 16, 5l behind Badger Daly (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f hcp gd in Oct.
Heartheecho (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, pushed along in 12th halfway, no extra straight, 11th of 13, 25 1/4l behind Sparklingsovereign (9-0) at Dundalk 7f mdn fll pol in Oct.
Love Letter (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd entering straight, 4th 2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 16, 6 3/4l behind Nancy Astor (9-6) at Gowran Park 1m hcp gd in Oct.
Fragile Earth (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Led and disputed, ridden and headed 2f out, ridden and no impression in 4th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 11 1/4l behind Flannery (9-2) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp Yielding in Sep.