With Jim Bolger having made such an outstanding start to the campaign, MONTFERRAT, a half-brother to the useful Saint Baudolino, is given the nod to make a winning start and Kevin Manning prefers him to Sun On The Run, a full-brother to winning miler Sunset Beauty. Dorothy Parker began her first season in good form but finished last of three in her final start in August and Lady Giselle may be a better bet at this stage as she ended her season with a fine run in a big field at Leopardstown.
Osus (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, ridden and behind entering straight, last of 14, 18l behind Via Ballycroy (9-0) at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol in Sep.
Sandspring (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Always prominent, 2nd from halfway, challenged from 1 1/2f out, disputed lead well inside final furlong, kept on well, headed close home, 2nd of 11, hd behind Regal Power (9-5) at Navan 5f mdn stks in Oct.
Shalaman (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Waited with towards rear, closer order 2f out, ridden to chase leading pair from over 1f out, soon no impression, kept on, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Lonan (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol.
Ellikan (IRE) 22-1 (9-2) Raced on far side, soon prominent, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 13, 9l behind Drinmoy Lad (8-12) at Cork 5f hcp 47-65 hvy in Oct.
Emperors Pride 20-1 (9-13) Chased leaders early, 8th halfway, ridden and no extra 2f out, 10th of 12, 26l behind Caesaria (9-5) at Curragh 6f mdn stks hvy.
Res Nullius (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra 2f out, 13th of 14, 17l behind Spirituality (8-9) at Dundalk 7f mdn stks pol in Oct.
Hazy Days 25-1 (9-5) Slowly away and in rear, some headway early straight, 10th 1f out and switched right, kept on, 7th of 14, 7l behind Abstraction (9-2) at Dundalk 5f 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
Montferrat (IRE) Invincible Spirit colt out of Alessandria.
Pixie Spirit (IRE) Namid colt out of New Spirit.
Sun On The Run (IRE) Whipper colt out of Gaisce.
Bainne (IRE) 2-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 2l behind Your Pal Tal (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol in Dec.
Dorothy Parker (IRE) 5-6fav (8-5) Led, ridden and headed under 1f out, no extra final furlong, last of 3, 2l behind Randall's Alannah (8-8) at Sligo 7f 2yo stk hvy in Aug.
Lady Giselle 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th under pressure 3f out, kept on same pace from 2f out, 3rd of 18, 3 1/2l behind Bunairgead (8-11) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo fll mdn sft in Nov.
Playful Promises (IRE) Elnadim filly out of Playful.