Le Rouge Alex won a Down Royal claimer a month ago but ran better when runner-up in a tough Fairyhouse nursery later where Catfromtherock, Lonrach and Ok Annie were behind and are seemingly held though Lonrach is tried in first-time blinkers. Antiquus started favourite for a similar event at Down Royal but didn't enjoy the clearest of runs and can reverse positions with Nara Datta, who finished just in front. THE KERNIGAL was conceding Le Rouge Alex 8lb in that Down Royal claimer and wasn't beaten far. He will be receiving 5lb this time and is given the nod on his handicap debut under Johnny Murtagh. The consistent filly Kanes Pass is another to consider in an open nursery.
Kedleston (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Mid-division best, 8th before straight, no impression from 2f out, 7th of 9, 8l behind Danequest (8-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo hcp gd in Sep.
Le Rouge Alex (IRE) 14-1 (8-3) Soon mid-division, progress to chase leaders but no impression under pressure from 2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Homecoming Queen (8-13) at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Mr Red Clubs (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 24, 8l behind Nephrite (9-1) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn sft in Sep.
Ok Annie (IRE) 9-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, 5th approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 9th of 18, 13l behind Homecoming Queen (8-13) at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Lonrach (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Close up, 2nd for much, no impression from 2f out, 6th of 18, 8l behind Homecoming Queen (8-13) at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Kanes Pass (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden under 2f out, under pressure in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd on line, 3rd of 10, 4l behind Battleroftheboyne (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo hcp in Sep.
Allusive Power (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Towards rear on outer, under pressure before halfway, no impression straight, 9th of 12, 9l behind Greek Canyon (9-7) at Gowran Park 7f 2yo hcp gf in Aug.
Antiquus (IRE) 2-1fav (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden into 7th 1f out, kept on when short of room inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Mount Meru (9-6) at Down Royal 7f 2yo hcp 50-75 gd in Sep.
Drombeg's Choice (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Soon tracked leaders, no extra straight, 11th of 13, 11l behind Buffalo Billy (9-3) at Tipperary 7f 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Nara Datta (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Led, ridden and challenged 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 2l behind Mount Meru (9-6) at Down Royal 7f 2yo hcp 50-75 gd in Sep.
Elusive In Paris (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Never a factor, 18th of 24, 28l behind Nephrite (9-1) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn sft in Sep.
Rogha Na Mban (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Led, headed 2f out, soon no extra and weakened, 15th of 24, 25l behind Nephrite (9-1) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn sft in Sep.
The Kernigal (IRE) 5-1fav (8-12) Chased leader in 2nd, challenged 2 1/2f out, ridden in 3rd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Le Rouge Alex (8-4) at Down Royal 7f 2yo clm gd in Sep.
Catfromtherock (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Soon mid-division, some headway but no impression under pressure from 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 18, 7l behind Homecoming Queen (8-13) at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Jjs Pride (IRE) 11-2 (8-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to lead 2 1/2f out, soon challenged, ridden in lead over 1f out, headed under 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Le Rouge Alex (8-4) at Down Royal 7f 2yo clm gd in Sep.
South South West (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 10th of 11, 19l behind Akeed Mofeed (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
The Tally Ho Kid (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Soon in rear, ridden into 5th over 1f out, soon no impression, 5th of 7, 14l behind Hurricane Ridge (9-0) at Killarney 1m 2yo mdn gd in Aug.