THE FOX TULLY may be seven but he didn't start racing until less than a year ago and he's done brilliantly. A winner at Fairyhouse last week, he reappeared to score again at Sligo on Tuesday and with Colin Keane able to claim his full allowance he can complete a quick hat-trick. Potomac also enters the fray in very good shape having beaten the decent handicapper Bold Thady Quill at Cork on Sunday and a 7lb rise shouldn't prevent another big run from this lightly-raced and progressive type. Star Links takes a drop in class but has won once in 32 starts on Turf but both the improving Staresmanship and easy Roscommon winner Emotional Dream make this a tight little handicap.
Potomac (IRE) 4-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, improved to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Cork 1m 1f hcp sft beating Bold Thady Quill (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Star Links (USA) 8-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, last of 9, 10l behind Cave Artist (8-6) at Navan 1m hcp 50-80 sft.
The Fox Tully (IRE) 10-3 (9-8) Dwelt, towards rear, progress from under 5f out, tracked leaders over 2f out, challenged and led from under 1f out, stayed on well under pressure, won at Sligo 1m 2f hcp 50-70 gs beating Sheilas Wish (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Emotional Dream 4-1fav (9-9) Led, joined before halfway, headed approaching straight, ridden in 4th 2f out and soon no extra, 6th of 10, 8l behind Pivot Bridge (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp hvy.
High Importance (USA) 12-1 (10-0) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 13th of 14, 35l behind Spirit Of Cuba (8-2) at Down Royal 1m 2f hcp 50-80 in Jun '11.
Statesmanship 7-1 (9-5) Soon chased leaders, 4th under pressure approaching straight, soon ridden in 3rd, challenged in 2nd from under 2f out, no extra in 3rd and kept on same pace close home, 3rd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Paddy The Celeb (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gd in May.
Little Arrows (IRE) 5-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, 5th 1 1/2f out, kept on on outer to go 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Custom Cut (9-0) at Cork 7f hcp 50-80 sft.
Salacious Sally (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, towards rear, some late headway into 8th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 5l behind July Revolution (8-10) at Fairyhouse 7f 3yo hcp sft.
Jeremy's Girl (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, 6th and no extra 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 6l behind July Revolution (8-10) at Fairyhouse 7f 3yo hcp sft.