Alayir was unlucky in-running in what looked a very strong maiden at Navan in October and the son of Azamour should do much better in his second season. He faces a stiff task on his return though against APACHE and the Ballydoyle colt, a brother to Cheshire Oaks winner Perfect Truth, should build on his excellent debut behind Banksters Bonus at the Curragh in October. Train Of Thought is by Sadler's Wells and likely to do better over a longer trip in time while Noble Call hasn't been seen since a fair second to Eskimo at Tipperary in May. Newcomer Casimir Road will probably be seen to better effect over further but Tazaamun is related to six winners and should be ideally suited by today's trip on his debut.
Alayir (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Soon chased leaders, 2nd and struggling from 2f out, closed inside final furlong, no extra and kept on same pace near finish, 3rd of 18, 1/2l behind Midnight Music (8-12) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn aut gd in Oct.
Apache (IRE) 5-2 (8-12) Always prominent, soon led, strongly pressed and headed under 2f out, rallied under pressure to lead again briefly 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on well without quite matching winner, 2nd of 13, hd behind Banksters Bonus (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn in Oct.
Best Hello Beat Hollow colt out of Jumeela.
Casimir Road (IRE) High Chaparral colt out of Six Nations.
Colourful Hawk (IRE) Hawk Wing gelding out of Rainbow Melody.
He Is Top Class (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, dropped to 7th into straight, soon no extra, last of 8, 19l behind Qubuh (9-3) at Listowel 7f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Hill Of Content (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Delphinium.
Loveinasanddune Oasis Dream colt out of Windy Gulch.
Massabini (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 8th approaching straight, 5th 2f out, 4th and no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 19, 6l behind Tiz The Shot (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo mdn gf in Oct.
Noble Call (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, went 2nd entering straight, soon ridden, kept on same pace without threatening easy winner final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Eskimo (9-3) at Tipperary 7f 2yo mdn gf in May.
Printmaker (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Settled behind leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra 1 1/2f out, 4th 1f out, weakened, last of 5, 17l behind Tiz The Shot (9-1) at Leopardstown 1m 1f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Oct.
Tazaamun (IRE) Shirocco colt out of Glorious.
Train Of Thought (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, 7th and progress early straight, 6th and no impression under pressure from 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 7l behind Recital (9-3) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn gd in Oct.