MOST PECULIAR was tapped for speed at a crucial stage at Clonmel last month before staying on strongly behind Drunken Counsel. Today's longer trip looks just what's required and compensation awaits. That winner is trained by Gordon Elliott, who has Royal Captain engaged here. He's had two runs over hurdles and was an odds-on chance when beaten by Rasco on this track in December and makes his bumper debut. Crofton Trail has run two poor races since a very good effort on fast ground at Galway in September and may find the going too soft. Belle Fortune was never in contention on her debut at Gowran last month but should have come on for the experience and can get involved.
Grey Messenger (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, 2nd 6f out, pushed along and weakened quickly entering straight, 13th of 14, 33l behind Lieutenant Colonel (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf in Nov.
King Alfonso 14-1 (11-10) Towards rear, wide and some headway over 4f out, no extra from before straight, 13th of 16, 39l behind Voluptueux (11-5) at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Morgans Rock (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Mid div, ld from 3rd, hdd aftr 7th, wknd & to last from bypassed 9th, pu bef 6out, in a race won by Massinis Adventure (12-0) at Inchydoney 3m ire ptp in May, 10 ran.
Most Peculiar (IRE) 6-4fav (11-13) Mid-division, 7th 6f out, under pressure when switched left 1 1/2f out, soon moderate 6th, ran on into 2nd without troubling winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Drunken Counsel (11-13) at Clonmel 2m N H flat hvy in Feb.
Royal Captain (IRE) 8-11fav (11-4) Chased leaders in moderate 3rd, closed into 2nd 4 out, led before 3 out, disputed after 3 out, ridden in 2nd before 2 out, mistake last, kept on under pressure run-in, held close home, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Rasco (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Dec.
Slim Pickens (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, a bit keen early, 4th approaching straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 13l behind Ask Vic (11-3) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat gf in Sep.
Belle Fortune (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, progress to challenge entering straight, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 7th of 13, 27l behind Gaillimh A Chroi (11-8) at Gowran Park 2m 1f mares n h flat hvy in Feb.
Crofton Trail (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Led, headed halfway, ridden and lost place 6f out, rear 5f out, no impression after, 7th of 9, well behind Princess Leya (10-13) at Cork 2m mares n h flat 4yo sft in Nov.
Heavenly Star (IRE) King's Theatre mare out of Mighty Star.
Niamh Machine (IRE) 80-1 (10-9) Soon tracked leaders, raced on inner, dropped to 9th but in touch over 3f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 4l behind Ardnahoe (9-11) at Limerick 2m mares n h flat hvy.
Remember The Past (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, last 5f out, soon ridden, no impression straight, 7th of 8, 42l behind Westhorpe (11-13) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat in Feb.
Takeonebickie (IRE) Urban Ocean mare out of Tinterretto.
Vestige Montjeu gelding out of Llia.