Tommy Stack has won this for the past two years and NERO EMPEROR can make it a hat-trick. Lightly-raced, he ran well when fourth in a tough handicap at Tipperary and was unlucky in-running when carrying a huge weight over 6f here last month. Yulong Baoju took a drop in class to today's rival My Good Brother at Dundalk and this is a much better race while Summer Isles also scored on Polytrack last time though she won so easily that a follow-up looks a distinct possibility. Sassaway finished runner-up in the race the selection was impeded and must be on the short-list as she's in the form of her life.
Arctic (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Soon chased leaders, 8th halfway, no impression and kept on same pace from 1f out, 12th of 30, 6l behind Burn The Boats (8-8) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Jun.
Timeless Call (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, weakened, last of 12, 11l behind Dutch Masterpiece (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Red Dubawi (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 10, 8l behind Russian Soul (9-7) at Tipperary 5f Listed stks (1) in Aug.
Yulong Baoju (IRE) 2-5fav (9-5) Tracked leader at ordinary pace early, on terms from under 2f out going best, led from 1f out, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 5f 3yo stks pol beating My Good Brother (9-6) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Bubbly Bellini (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Broke well on outer and chased leaders, 9th halfway, ridden and no impression early straight, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 9th of 18, 6l behind Tobann (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Aug.
Nero Emperor (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) In rear, last and switched to outer 1 1/2f out, short of room in 17th 1f out, ridden and ran on strongly final furlong, never nearer, 4th of 23, 1l behind Corporal Maddox (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Zoola (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, 4th early, no extra from over 1f out, 20th of 21, 15l behind Whozthecat (8-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gf in Jul.
Srucahan (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 10, 6l behind An Saighdiur (9-9) at Tipperary 5f hcp in Aug.
My Good Brother (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Led at ordinary pace early, joined from under 2f out, headed from 1f out, kept on without matching winner, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Yulong Baoju (9-5) at Dundalk 5f 3yo stks pol.
Sassaway (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Led and disputed, led and ridden 2f out, strongly pressed 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 23, 3/4l behind Corporal Maddox (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Summer Isles 7-2fav (10-0) Broke well, made all, sent on from 2f out, clear and stayed on well from over 1f out, easily, won at Dundalk 5f hcp 47-65 pol beating Under Review (9-9) by 5l, 9 ran.
Ucanchoose (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, headway to challenge 2f out, ridden and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, not match winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Enigma Code (10-8) at Laytown 6f hcp 50-70.
Kiss The Stars (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Chased leaders on inner, ridden in 10th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 23, 2l behind Corporal Maddox (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Aug.