Well Insured is hardly ever beaten far but has now had 34 starts without winning. ARMED GUARD had been building up to a victory before finally getting on the scorecard two weeks ago when he had one and a half lengths to spare over Juara. With Robbie Downey's claim a major plus the winner can complete a quick double. Forest Hawk, who was making his handicap debut in that latter race, caught the eye and should get closer. Noble Call is another long-time maiden with 31 starts behind him though he's dropped to such a lowly mark that he should make the frame.
Akinspirit (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, ridden to close in 8th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 10th of 14, 7l behind Positive Vibes (11-0) at Tipperary 1m 4f ldy hcp in Aug.
Star Of Aragon (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) Soon tracked leaders, on terms into straight, soon headed, lost place and no extra from over 1f out, 15th of 17, 16l behind Placere (11-13) at Curragh 1m 4f gd in Sep.
Juara (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, 7th halfway, progress into 4th 3f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, strongly pressed 1f out, headed last 150 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Armed Guard (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Asian Wing (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and in rear, ridden entering straight, no impression from 2f out, 9th of 14, 7l behind Tetard (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Noble Call (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Tetard (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Forest Hawk (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden into 10th 2f out, 6th and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 7l behind Armed Guard (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Armed Guard (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Held up towards rear, progress into 7th 3f out, ridden in 5th and switched out 2f out, stayed on to challenge 1f out, led last 150 yards, kept on well closing stages, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol beating Juara (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Charging Indian (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Soon towards rear, never a factor, last of 15, 23l behind The Black Devil (9-1) at Clonmel 1m 2f hcp 47-65 gf in May.
Bord Bainne 12-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, pushed along and dropped to rear halfway, no extra approaching straight and weakened, eased when beaten final furlong, last of 9, 40l behind Granny On Fire (9-1) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f 3yo hcp 47-70 gf in Aug.
Well Insured (IRE) 13-2 (8-7) Held up, soon in rear of mid-division, closer order from under 4f out, challenged from 2f out, drifted left from 1f out, soon every chance and on terms, no extra and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Bomber Jackson (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Clonsilla Fath (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Soon mid-division, 10th early, no impression from under 2f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind Bog War (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Fairy Court (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Prominent, led and ridden entering straight, strongly pressed 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 14, 5l behind Tetard (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Shahrafi (IRE) 50-1 (8-10) Soon towards rear, never a factor, last of 14, 14l behind Bog War (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
The Galway Clock (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Ran freely and soon led, headed 5f out, ridden 3f out, under pressure in 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 7th of 14, 12l behind Armed Guard (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Toretto (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Led early, prominent, dropped to 5th and no impression from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 5l behind Habesh (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Gothen Niece (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Mid-division and 7th halfway, ridden and lost place approaching straight, no threat and kept on one pace from 2f out, 10th of 15, 22l behind Sheilas Wish (9-9) at Cork 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Beau Sakhee 25-1 (8-6) Led early, headed after 2f, ridden entering straight, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Misty Lane (9-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.