Trainer Matty Tynan said Maontri has been tricky to train and she was having only her sixth start when running away with a handicap last week under a fine tactical ride from Colin Keane. She's been hit with a massive 15lb rise and won't get things her own way this time. Reckless Lad is better over a mile and looked tapped for pace over 7f last week but the veteran Mountain Coral loves it around here and has no problems with the trip as he showed when beating Miller Beach last month. CALIFANTE, a winner in the UK for Richard Hannon, had his first start for new connections last month and ran very well behind Dancing Cosmos so it's a surprise the assessor has left him on the same mark. He can take this though The Black Devil is likely to provide a threat as he very nearly made all over a mile last time.
Califante 25-1 (9-6) Prominent, on terms from before halfway, narrow leader over 1f out, headed and kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-8) at Dundalk 1m stks (0-75) pol in Dec.
Your Pal Tal 12-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Zalty (9-10) at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp 60-95 pol in Oct.
Maontri (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Made all, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol beating Busalla (8-13) by 8l, 10 ran.
Revolution (FR) 15-2 (9-12) Held up towards rear, ridden into 5th 1 1/2f out, no impression leaders 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 6l behind Carried (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f stks (0-75) pol in Dec.
Cool Athlete (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Held up, took keen hold, 8th over 1f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 11, 2l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-8) at Dundalk 1m stks (0-75) pol in Dec.
Mountain Coral (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Soon tracked leaders, progress 2f out, challenged and on terms 1f out, led well inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec beating Miller Beach (10-2) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Reckless Lad (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Held up, 6th halfway, ridden 1 1/2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Victor's Beach (9-7) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol.
The Black Devil (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Led, headed after 2f, 2nd halfway, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong to dispute last 50 yards, headed close home, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Cheers Buddy (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Dec.