THE RING IS KING can take this as he was in winning form over timber and on the Flat last summer and made a very encouraging return when just failing to catch Attraction Ticket over the course and distance last week with Timjoe, Little Arrows and Balmont Flyer behind. Ningaloo Reef ran a rare poor race behind Deep Speed a month but is still just 4lb higher than when successful here in November though he's had some hard races lately. Most of these ran in a similar handicap a month ago won by Senyuman, who was completing a double. It was a blanket finish in which Timjoe, Little Arrows and Denny Crane were close behind and Shake The Bucket not too far away so there's very little between any of them.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway on outer 3f out, ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 9l behind Gretzky (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Jan.
Denny Crane 8-1 (9-1) Held up in rear, ridden 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Gretzky (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Jan.
Senyuman (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 9th halfway, progress into 5th 2f out, ridden into 3rd 1f out, kept on well final furlong to lead last strides, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol in Jan beating Timjoe (8-7) by hd, 13 ran.
The Ring Is King (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden in 6th on outer 2f out, headway into 3rd 1f out, soon 2nd, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 11, nk behind Attraction Ticket (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Jan.
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Dwelt and settled in rear, ridden and some progress into 7th 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 11, 7l behind Attraction Ticket (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Jan.
Ningaloo Reef (IRE) 9-2 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, moderate 7th 2f out, went moderate 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Deep Speed (9-0) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Jan.
Little Arrows (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Dwelt and held up in rear, ridden and progress on outer from 2f out, went 7th 1f out, kept on without threatening, 4th of 11, 6l behind Attraction Ticket (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Jan.
Timjoe (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Prominent, led over 2f out, soon ridden, headed 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 11, 6l behind Attraction Ticket (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Jan.