Banner Road landed a touch when scoring over 6f here last time with THE KERNIGAL just under 2l behind. The assessor has taken a dim view with a 10lb rise for the winner and left the runner-up on the same mark so the positions should be reversed, especially as the latter will be suited by the extra furlong. His trainer, Ger Lyons, complicates matters by also saddling top-weight Mount Meru, who scored over the trip at Down Royal before finding Canaille just too strong over a mile here two weeks ago. Gary Phillips is good value for his claim and his mount looks certain to get involved. Aquilonius and Habesh were both close up but will need to find more. Tannery could prove a real threat on her handicap debut as she was only a head behind the odds-on Choral Society in a fillies' maiden over the C&D last time and is definitely on the upgrade.
Mount Meru 11-4fav (9-5) Chased leader in close 2nd, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, headed under 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Canaille (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov.
Balrath Hope (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led from 1 1/2f out, joined final furlong, headed closing stages, 5th of 18, 3/4l behind Ronan's Bay (9-0) at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo fll mdn in Sep.
Tannery (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inner, 7th halfway, switched right to go 4th 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 14, hd behind Choral Society (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn fll auc stks pol in Nov.
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4l behind Canaille (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov.
Fast Finian (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Towards rear, late headway in 8th 1f out, kept on well final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Piri Wango (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
Aquilonius (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 2l behind Canaille (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov.
Catfromtherock (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Attempted to make all, asserted over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, headed dying strides, 2nd of 14, nk behind Mr Red Clubs (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 2yo clm stks pol in Nov.
A Little Help 66-1 (9-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden 2f out, no impression in 4th when checked well inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Choral Society (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn fll auc stks pol in Nov.
Hugenot (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Chased leaders in 3rd, dropped to 6th 2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 12, 9l behind Aaraas (8-12) at Navan 6f 2yo mdn gf in Jun.
Habesh (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden into 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Canaille (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov.
Kedleston (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Rear of mid-division, some headway on outer entering straight, kept on one pace without threatening leaders, 6th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Elusive In Paris (9-2) at Dundalk 7f hcp 50-70 2yo pol in Oct.
The Kernigal (IRE) 11-4 (9-2) Towards rear, headway on outer in 8th 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Banner Road (8-8) at Dundalk 6f hcp 50-70 2yo pol in Nov.
Banner Road (IRE) 2-1fav (8-8) Mid-division, 7th halfway, closer in 6th 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 50-70 2yo pol in Nov beating The Kernigal (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Pinkisthecolour (IRE) 14-1 (7-11) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, last of 8, 11l behind Backbench Blues (9-4) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo hcp sft in Nov.
Roman Locket (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 9th 2f out, 7th and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 7l behind Hot Bed (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
Golden Clubs (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, last of 14, 18l behind Nero Emperor (9-5) at Dundalk 5f 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
Grand Heiress 9-1 (7-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 8th of 13, 4l behind Canaille (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov.