ELA KATRINA has been here three times since transferring from Roger Varian and won them all. She's up another 6lb but had plenty in hand last time and can go in again. Runner-up Construct, the third Paso Doble and fifth Tartlette all had every chance and don't look up to reversing the form. Tonkinese, four-times a winner on Turf, has had a dozen starts here without winning but recent Thurles winner Evening Primrose makes her debut on the surface and still looks to be lurking on a fair mark.
Tonkinese 22-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, 8th 3f out, effort straight, no extra over 1f out, 13th of 21, 17 1/4l behind Cape Gentleman (9-0) at Curragh 2m hcp sft in Oct.
Tartlette 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, 6th over 5f out, came wide entering straight, headway under 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on same pace in 5th under 1f out, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Ela Katrina (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct.
Monoxide 250-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, last of 6, dist behind Beacon Edge (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 3f Yielding in Oct.
Construct 16-1 (9-10) Prominent on outer, soon led, pressed over 2f out, headed under 2f out, ridden 1f out, no impression on winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Ela Katrina (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct.
Humaniste (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division on outer, not fluent 4th, 8th halfway,6th after 3 out, pushed along in 3rd before 2 out, closer 3rd at last, ridden and picked up well to lead 75 yards out, asserted final 50 yards, won at Tipperary 2m hcp gd in Oct beating Hybery (11-3) by 4l, 11 ran.
Paso Doble (IRE) 5-2jfav (9-8) Soon tracked leader, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, no impression on leader 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Ela Katrina (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct.
Psyche 5-1 (9-7) Towards rear, 8th 5f out, progress over 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on in 4th under 1f out, no danger, 4th of 11, 3l behind Ela Katrina (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct.
Uncle Henry (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Soon chased leaders, closed up to be prominent from 7th, not fluent 3 out, no extra from before last, 10th of 12, 11 1/2l behind The Mouse Doctor (11-5) at Navan 2m hcp gd in Sep.
Buckman Tavern (FR) 16-1 (8-6) Always towards rear, never a factor, 11th of 12, 12 1/2l behind Haparanda (8-8) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Spelga 7-2jfav (9-6) Soon mid-division, 8th under 5f out, headway and effort straight, one pace over 1f out, 8th of 14, 6 1/2l behind Alghazaal (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct.
Bella Brazil (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Awkward leaving stalls, raced towards rear, 9th 5f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, weakened final furlong, never a factor, 10th of 11, 9 1/4l behind Ela Katrina (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct.
Pure Nature 9-2jfav (10-1) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, no extra 2f out, eased 1 1/2f out, 12th of 14, dist behind Loudest Whisper (9-0) at Fairyhouse 1m 5f hcp sft in Oct.
Evening Primrose (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden towards rear 4f out, stayed on into moderate 6th 1f out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 13, 11l behind Advanced Virgo (9-11) at Galway 1m 4f hcp hvy in Oct.
Conor Hogan (IRE) 5-1cfav (10-0) Soon led, joined straight, regained lead under 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Sep beating Clonard Abbey (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Garrison Commander (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Towards rear, 12th over 4f out, progress 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong to 5th close home, never nearer, 5th of 14, 5 1/2l behind Gee Rex (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f pol in Oct.
Ardamir (FR) 18-1 (10-10) Lost considerable ground at start and trailing, in touch 4f out, ridden and soon no impression, 11th of 16, 14 1/4l behind Future Proof (11-8) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Ela Katrina 5-2jfav (9-6) Broke well to lead, soon headed and tracked leader, slightly hampered after 2f, travelled well and closed over 2f out, led under 2f out, ridden and ran on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Oct beating Construct (9-10) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.