DART QUEEN needs holding up for a late run which is what Johnny Murtagh did on board her here on Wednesday. Unfortunately, she failed to obtain a clear run in that maximum field but there should be no problems on that score here. She's taken to gain compensation though the three-year-old Aquilonius could prove a big threat. She improved throughout her first campaign and was an easy winner on her final start here in December. It's Freezing has shown glimpses of potential but was beaten a long way into second when last seen at Down Royal in July while Carefree Smile, who was racing from a 12lb higher mark in the summer of 2010, hasn't been seen since November of that year. Pivotal Rock is reasonably consistent but his overall form leaves him with a little to find.
Carefree Smile (IRE) 18-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, slightly hampered entering straight, soon no extra, 9th of 14, 6l behind Boynagh Joy (9-0) at Dundalk 1m flls lst stks (1) pol in Nov '10.
It's Freezing (IRE) 3-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, stayed on into moderate 2nd 1f out, no chance with winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Sinntani (9-5) at Down Royal 1m 2f mdn stks in Jun.
Pivotal Rock (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Held up early, 4th halfway, ridden 3f out, kept on same pace under pressure from 2f out, 4th of 6, 6l behind Akasaka (10-0) at Dundalk 1m clm stks pol in Mar.
Dart Queen (GER) 6-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway in straight to go 5th 1f out, not clear run inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Hawkswood (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Aquilonius (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, led 1 1/2f out, ridden and stayed on well final furlong, easily, won at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Dec beating Beat The Ballot (8-13) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.