It could pay to stick with ASIAN WING in this. Takashi Kodama's charge bids for a hat-trick after beating Balmont Flyer, First Friday, Alpha And Omega and Baravaero here three weeks ago and is taken to confirm running despite the worse terms. Runner-up Balmont Flyer looks the biggest threat once again as neither Trans City nor Alubari have shown any improvement for their slide down the weights.
Trans City (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Never better than mid-division, 12th of 14, 6l behind Prince Of Fashion (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
First Friday (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon no extra, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Asian Wing (8-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Whatever It Takes (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Never better than mid-division, 12th of 14, 19l behind Dimitar (9-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Asian Wing (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec beating Alghanem (10-7) by 1l, 14 ran.
Rasputin (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 15, 11l behind Knights Templar (8-9) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 gd in Oct.
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 3-1fav (8-11) Prominent, ridden in close 5th entering straight, 2nd 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Asian Wing (8-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Clonsilla Fath (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Mid-division, no impression from 3f out, 9th of 16, 10l behind First Friday (8-11) at Cork 1m 4f hcp 47-65 sft in Jun.
Baravaero (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) 8th of 14, 4l behind Asian Wing (8-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Alubari 14-1 (8-9) Mid-division best, no extra entering straight, 12th of 13, 11l behind Clare Harrier (8-13) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Baffles Brains (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, no extra from early straight, weakened, 13th of 14, 15l behind Grand Heiress (8-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Aug.
Alpha And Omega (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) 5th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Asian Wing (8-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Dashing Duchess (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 18th of 25, 22l behind Ezalli (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks in Sep '10.
Stoichkhov (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Led, joined halfway, led again 2 1/2f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra straight, 10th of 15, 20l behind Cairdiuil (9-4) at Galway 1m stks hvy in Sep.
Whiteside (IRE) 15-2 (8-10) 11th of 14, 12l behind Asian Wing (8-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Little Red Minx (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Soon chased leaders, 6th 4f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace straight, 10th of 14, 17l behind Johann Bach (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Dec.
Faraway Camp (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Slowly into stride, always behind, tailed off, last of 14, 31l behind Khelino (9-1) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.