The three-year-old GRAINNE WHALE gave her first hint at ability when runner-up at Wexford over this trip and though subsequently beaten when favourite at Ballinrobe the extra furlong didn't suit and it looked a stronger race than this. She can gain her first victory as it's a surprise to see Hyden back over this trip after his easy success over 1m4f at Tramore though he did lead all the way and was well clear until fading a little close home. Danehill Tapdancer was also racing over that trip for the first time when making all under his Dutch rider in a Ladies Race at the Curragh where he made all. However, the opposition allowed him far too much rope and the result is best ignored. Chaparro has only won once and looks high in the weights due to his consistency but Jeangeorges is 7lb lower than when landing a Leopardstown handicap in October and is on the short-list. The consistent Secret Hero is another with a chance in an open contest.
Hyden (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Soon led and clear, advantage a little reduced 3f out, looked to be in control from 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gf beating Dusty Trail (9-9) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Chaparro (IRE) 13-2 (9-12) Held up towards rear, some headway on outer early straight, kept on without threatening, 5th of 15, 9l behind Cool Athlete (9-1) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-60 gf.
Jeangeorges (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, challenged early straight, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Cool Athlete (9-1) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-60 gf.
Wellmarked (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 15, 10l behind Cool Athlete (9-1) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-60 gf.
Noinformation (IRE) 9-1 (9-8) Soon tracked leaders, challenged from 3f out, gained narrow lead from 2f out, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Elusive Moon (9-3) at Wexford 1m hcp 47-60 gd in Jul.
Secret Hero 14-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 1 1/4l behind No Trimmings (9-8) at Naas 1m app hcp 47-60 gd in Jul.
Little Luxury (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Chased leaders early, 8th halfway, weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 16l behind Bubbly Bellini (8-10) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-70 pol in Mar.
Danehill Tapdancer (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Made all, soon well clear, distance ahead before halfway, reduced advantage but still well clear under 2f out, kept on well, won at Curragh 1m 4f ladies hcap gd beating Silver Shuffle (11-7) by 6l, 7 ran.
Blue Eyed Miss (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Prominent, 3rd from halfway, no extra from 1f out, 9th of 13, 10l behind Elusive Moon (9-3) at Wexford 1m hcp 47-60 gd in Jul.
Jacks Law (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 15, 12l behind Cool Athlete (9-1) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-60 gf.
Oxford Gold (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Towards rear on outer, some late headway, 9th of 16, 14l behind Paraphernalia (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn in Sep.
Rue De Cabestan (IRE) 25-1 (7-13) Chased leaders on outer, in touch 3f out, soon no extra, weakened, 20th of 21, 28l behind Waydownsouth (9-1) at Curragh 1m app hcp 50-85 in Oct.
Desert Cloud (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, no extra from 2f out, 13th of 17, 25l behind Obviously (8-12) at Cork 7f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Proper Madam (IRE) 33-1 (7-11) Slowly away and always behind, 13th of 14, 16l behind Noble Four (9-0) at Cork 6f 3yo hcp 50-80 gf in Jul.
Grainne Whale (IRE) 4-1fav (8-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in moderate 3rd 4f out, moderate 2nd 2f out, dropped to 3rd 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Fairylike (9-9) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf.
Royal Orbitros (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Held up, 10th and effort entering straight, soon no extra and weakened, last of 14, 19l behind Willyconker (8-13) at Dundalk 7f 2yo hcp 50-70 std in Nov '09.
Mokama 14-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, 13th of 14, 17l behind Extra Steps (9-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol.
Brookley Lady (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no threat from under 2f out, 10th of 14, 12l behind No Trimmings (8-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol.