IDEAL PAL completed a hat-trick around this time last year and returned to winning ways at Gowran on Wednesday when just getting up. He has a 6lb penalty to carry but can defy the extra. Questionare, a winner at Wolverhampton for John Gosden, makes his debut for Luke Comer while Patrick Sarsfield returns to action having easily landed the odds in a Curragh maiden last October. Innamorare has won three times around here though appears to need her first run back but any further rain would aid the cause of the lightly-raced Lightning Amber. Charcor and Koybig also add interest from top and bottom of a very competitive finale.
Charcor (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway early straight, ridden and progress in 3rd over 1f out, under pressure and kept on well inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Dec beating Simsir (9-8) by hd, 13 ran.
Settle For Bay (FR) (8-7) 15th of 16, 7 3/4l behind Suedois (9-6) at Meydan 1m hcp gd in Jan.
Questionare 7-2fav (8-10) Steadied in rear, never dangerous, 14th of 16, dist behind South Pacific (8-9) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp stks (2) gs in Jun.
Trading Point (FR) 13-2 (9-9) Mid-division, pushed along under 2f out, ridden and headway 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Innamorare (8-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Nov.
Theobald (IRE) 18-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to dispute 2f out, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Bowerman (9-7) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Patrick Sarsfield (FR) 1-5fav (9-5) Prominent, soon 2nd, travelling smoothly and on terms over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, very easy, won at Curragh 1m mdn sft in Oct beating Aisteoir (9-0) by 4l, 14 ran.
Bobby K (IRE) 17-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 9, dist behind Anythingtoday (9-12) at Newcastle 1m 2f hcp (4) pol in Jun.
Ideal Pal (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Pushed along briefly early, soon tracked leaders, 4th approaching halfway, pushed along again before straight, soon effort, on terms 1 1/2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong to just prevail at the finish, won at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gd in Jun beating On The Balcony (9-6) by shd, 15 ran.
Raphael (GER) 20-1 (10-6) Waited with, 12th approaching halfway, not much room and switched right under 2f out, ran on without threatening inside final furlong, 8th of 18, 3 3/4l behind Mutadaawel (10-2) at Navan 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Innamorare (IRE) 9-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden towards outer 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 7 1/2l behind Freescape (8-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Dec.
Lightning Amber (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Prominent, led and disputed early, headed over 6f out, 4th halfway, ridden and went 2nd entering straight, kept on inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Njord (9-9) at Galway 1m hcp Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Sod's Law 40-1 (10-4) Dwelt, towards rear, 14th approaching halfway, pushed along under 3f out, switched right under 2f out to outer, soon one pace, 16th of 18, 8 3/4l behind Mutadaawel (10-2) at Navan 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Koybig (IRE) 18-1 (9-13) A little slow into stride, waited with, 11th approaching halfway, headway and effort straight, kept on well without reaching front pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 18, 1 3/4l behind Mutadaawel (10-2) at Navan 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Magnetic North (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, 5th and pushed along entering straight, soon lost place and no extra 2f out, eased final furlong, 16th of 17, 24 1/4l behind Edification (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.