Balmont Mast returned from a long break to land a Navan maiden last week but this is much tougher. Romeo's On Fire does all of his winning on the all-weather, including at Laytown last time, and though still well treated has a very inexperienced pilot on board. BIG BAD LILY had Liberty Island just over a length behind over the C&D last month and, though the runner-up has a fine chance of reversing the form on these revised terms, the winner is progressing nicely and can complete a hat-trick. Johnstown Lad beat Primalova a short-head in this a year ago but neither have shown much lately while Ucanchoose is held by Liberty Island on their run at Down Royal in July.
Balmont Mast (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, travelled well into 2nd 1f out, ridden to lead last 100 yards, kept on well, won at Navan 5f mdn stks sft beating Judies Child (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 21 ran.
Romeo's On Fire (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Towards rear on outer, headway and ridden from 2f out, drifted right under pressure inside final furlong, led close home, won at Laytown 7f am hcp 50-80 in Sep beating Tarrsille (11-10) by nk, 10 ran.
Liberty Island (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong to 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Big Bad Lily (8-5) at Dundalk 5f hcp 60-90 pol in Sep.
Big Bad Lily (IRE) 11-2 (8-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, led last 150 yards, kept on well closing stages, won at Dundalk 5f hcp 60-90 pol in Sep beating Liberty Island (8-7) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Copper Dock (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders racing keenly, 7th halfway, no extra from over 1f out, weakened, 12th of 14, 12l behind Duff (9-1) at Dundalk 6f 3yo stks pol.
My Girl Anna (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Prominent stand's side, ridden to challenge 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 30, 1 1/2l behind Roicead (9-8) at Curragh 6f hcp 50-80 gd in May.
Thats A Fret (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Prominent on far side, no threat overall from 1 1/2f out, 16th of 25, 29l behind Maarek (9-0) at Curragh 6f hcp sft in Sep.
Johnstown Lad (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, hampered over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 10l behind Supreme Spirit (9-7) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Sep.
Red Army Blues (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 2f out, 8th 1f out, kept on one pace, 10th of 14, 4l behind Big Bad Lily (8-5) at Dundalk 5f hcp 60-90 pol in Sep.
Gandolfini (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Never a factor, 11th of 14, 15l behind Kateeva (8-1) at Listowel 6f hcp 50-80 sft in Sep.
Ucanchoose (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, 5th on outer halfway, no impression on winner in 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Kateeva (8-1) at Listowel 6f hcp 50-80 sft in Sep.
Ability N Delivery 7-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, weakened, 7th of 10, 8l behind Smoky Cloud (10-8) at Laytown 6f hcp 50-70 in Sep.
Primalova (IRE) 20-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden and no impression 2f out, 9th 1f out, kept on one pace, 11th of 14, 4l behind Big Bad Lily (8-5) at Dundalk 5f hcp 60-90 pol in Sep.
Statue Of Dreams (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Prominent on far side, 6th halfway, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 5l behind Big Bad Lily (8-13) at Cork 5f app hcp 50-75 gf in Jul.
Rigid Rock (IRE) 3-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, no impression on winner final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Kateeva (10-1) at Laytown 6f hcp 47-65 in Sep.
Sovereign Secure (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Always prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression from 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Sweet Rhythm (9-0) at Dundalk 6f app flls mdn stks pol in Sep.
Book Keeper 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders on inner, 3rd halfway, no extra from 2f out, weakened, 10th of 14, 10l behind Mount Abora (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Sep.