Empress Of Tara was leading at this trip before being run out of it close home by Civil War when tackling 1m4f here in September. Oh So Lucy had some strong juvenile form and made a reasonable reappearance in April but hasn't been seen since and may just need the run for her new yard. FIRETHORN made a very encouraging debut at Naas in May and was made a long odds-on chance at Cork the following month but could only finish fourth. He was found to have spread a plate post-race and didn't enjoy the soft ground so compensation awaits. Highland Miss ran well over this trip on heavy ground at Roscommon last month so it was surprise to see her drop back to a mile at Cork a few days later. The superbly bred If Or When started favourite when making her debut on heavy ground at the Curragh last month but couldn't handle the conditions and should do much better.
Artful Artist (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) In rear, pushed along and no impression 4f out, kept on inside final furlong and just failed to reach moderate 3rd, 4th of 6, 36l behind Zabana (9-5) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo mdn sft in Oct.
Firethorn (IRE) 4-7fav (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd 3f out, ridden 2f out, no impression on leaders from over 1f out, one paced (found to have spread a plate), 4th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Edith Cowan (9-0) at Cork 1m 1f mdn stks sft in Jun.
Johann Bach (IRE) Oratorio gelding out of Belleinga.
Lonan (IRE) Dubawi gelding out of Chartres.
Talk Later (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Towards rear, no impression under pressure and kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 8l behind Coilogshakeysirgin (9-10) at Roscommon 1m 2f mdn stks hvy in Oct.
Belpatrick Blue (IRE) Kris Kin filly out of Blue Minx.
Celtic Poker Nayef filly out of Anna Livia.
Elusive Leona (IRE) Elusive City filly out of Princess Leona.
Empress Of Tara (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to lead 1 1/2f out, edged left over 1f out, kept on final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 13, nk behind Civil War (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Sep.
Highland Miss (USA) 10-1 (8-11) Always prominent, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, soon no impression, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Qasser (9-5) at Cork 1m 3yo mdn hvy in Oct.
If Or When (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Held up in touch, progress entering straight, 3rd and ridden 1 1/2f out, moderate 2nd 1f out, no impression, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Euphrasia (9-0) at Curragh 1m 1f fll mdn stks hvy in Oct.
Legal Lyric (IRE) Lawman filly out of Flaming Song.
Miss Forde (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Raced in 3rd, ridden 3f out, lost place from over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 12l behind Susiescot (9-1) at Curragh 7f hcp sft in Aug.
Oh So Lucy (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Waited with towards rear, pushed along to close over 2f out, got in the clear and kept on without threatening final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Backbench Blues (9-7) at Naas 1m 3yo stk gd in Apr.
Elysium Rose (IRE) Choisir filly out of Paradise Blue.
Busted Tycoon (IRE) Marju filly out of Khatela.
Aqua Regia (IRE) Pivotal gelding out of Aquarist.