SHAKE THE BUCKET has been very busy all year but it doesn't appear to have affected him as he put in a battling display to catch Super Sling on the line two weeks ago and the slightly longer trip is in his favour - he can complete a quick double. Cullentry Royal was in very good form on Turf during the summer and was sent to Kempton for a much better race than this last month but he couldn't make any impression. Fairylike has won here twice and produced a fine effort when runner-up to Shalaman in September so it's a surprise to see her on a 1lb lower mark. Queen Of Alba was running in the Emirates earlier this year but has returned in good shape and ran her best race on the surface when second to Carried in a similar race to this last week. Home Secretary won this last year from a higher mark and missed the break on his latest start after beating Gun Shoot at the beginning of last month so can't be ignored.
Cullentry Royal 8-1 (10-0) Slowly into stride, held up in last pair, driven along on outside over 2f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 8, 8l behind Arch Villain (9-13) at Kempton 2m hcp (2) pol in Nov.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Chased clear leader in 2nd, closer in 3rd early straight, ridden and switched right over 1f out, kept on well under pressure to lead close home, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Nov beating Super Sling (9-1) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Fairylike (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Rear of mid-division and 8th halfway, pushed along early straight and no extra in 7th 1f out, 7th of 11, 8l behind Teocht (8-7) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Gretzky 6-1 (9-10) In rear, no impression from 4f out, never a factor, 10th of 14, 5l behind Shalaman (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp pol in Sep.
Splendid Light 11-2 (9-7) Dwelt and in rear, closer entering straight and 7th 2f out, ridden and no impression in 6th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 8th of 9, 10l behind Shake The Bucket (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Nov.
Home Secretary 5-1 (9-12) Slowly away and in rear, switched right and ridden 2f out, 7th 1f out and kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 6l behind Goal (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
Prince Of Fashion (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, ridden entering straight and no impression under 2f out, 10th of 11, 12l behind Goal (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Nov.
Queen Of Alba (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden and progress 1 1/2f out, hung left, challenged 1f out, kept on final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Carried (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f stks (0-75) pol.
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 28-1 (8-5) Led, 6 lengths clear after 3f, reduced advantage early straight and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Shake The Bucket (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Nov.