Several of these have come up against each other already this season including WALK ON BYE, whose fourth behind Velvet Flicker at Naas saw her just behind third-placed Snaefell and in front of Invincible Ash, Rock Jock and Sir Gerry. Three-year-olds often have an advantage in sprints at this time of the year and Tommy Stack's filly will be better suited by today's extra furlong. The Portland Handicap winner Santo Padre made a promising return behind Sole Power at Dundalk when Six Of Hearts was third. He was behind today's rival Rain Delayed in a Listed event at Dundalk in October and the latter must be one to consider despite this being his reappearance. Recent winners Miss Gorica and Daffodil Walk have more to do though their race fitness could have some bearing on what is a tough event to call.
Snaefell (IRE) 9-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division on outer, went 5th over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Velvet Flicker (8-10) at Naas 5f Listed stks gd.
Rain Delayed (IRE) 11-4fav (9-11) Led, ridden and disputed 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, kept on in 2nd final furlong, no impression winner, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Arganil (10-0) at Dundalk 5f lst stks 2yo pol in Oct.
Santo Padre (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, close 3rd 2f out, ridden in 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Sole Power (8-12) at Dundalk 5f 3yo stks pol.
Senor Benny (USA) 25-1 (9-13) Mid-division on outer, 6th halfway, went 3rd over 1f out, no impression but kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Partner (8-1) at Naas 6f hcp 60-95 gd.
Sir Gerry (USA) 6-1 (9-9) Took keen hold and settled in rear, driven along on outer from 2f out, no impression from 1f out, 7th of 9, 4l behind Velvet Flicker (8-10) at Naas 5f Listed stks gd.
Six of Hearts 7-1 (9-8) Mid-division, 8th halfway, went 4th 1f out, kept on one pace without threatening leaders, 4th of 15, 2 1/4l behind King Jock (9-9) at Naas 7f hcp 60-100 gd.
The Tooth Fairy (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, 10th halfway, 7th 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 3l behind Partner (8-1) at Naas 6f hcp 60-95 gd.
Daffodil Walk (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Soon chased leaders, progress into 5th over 1f out, strong run to lead inside final furlong, soon clear, comfortably, won at Curragh 6f hcp 55-80 hvy beating Lord Rathvinden (9-7) by 3l, 20 ran.
Invincible Ash (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Broke well and settled behind leaders, 6th 2f out, not clear run 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Velvet Flicker (8-10) at Naas 5f Listed stks gd.
Miss Gorica (IRE) 15-2 (10-8) Broke well and made all in centre of track, strongly pressed from 1f out, kept on well, won at Navan 6f hcap gf beating He's Got Rhythm (7-13) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Zorija Rose (IRE) 5-4fav (9-4) Broke well and led, soon strongly pressed, ridden and headed early straight, weakening when checked inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Worldly Wise (9-9) at Tipperary 7f stks.
Walk On Bye (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, every chance over 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1l behind Velvet Flicker (8-10) at Naas 5f Listed stks gd.
Moonreach (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, dropped to moderate 3rd and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 8, 6l behind Keredari (9-1) at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk hvy.
Rock Jock (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Prominent, 2nd 2f out, close 4th but no impression when hampered inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Velvet Flicker (8-10) at Naas 5f Listed stks gd.
Wrong Answer 8-1 (9-0) Dwelt, always towards rear, last of 11, 28l behind Lady Springbank (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 in Mar.