Noverre Princess is still a maiden after 15 starts and faded close home when third behind DAYS AHEAD over slightly shorter last time. The winner, who has scored over hurdles and fences, stayed on strongly in the closing stages and today's extra furlong will suit so a 5lb rise shouldn't prevent a follow-up. Regal Warrior has been running very well here and was only headed in the closing stages by Grezky last week. He holds the consistent First Friday on earlier running and should get into the mix despite a big weight. Houdini Bright is on the same mark as when successful over the C&D last February so shouldn't be dismissed.
Regal Warrior (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, improved to lead 2f out, soon ridden, strongly pressed final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Gretzky (10-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (50-75) (4yo+) pol.
Days Ahead (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, 4th for much, stayed on well under pressure final furlong to lead close home, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol beating Saint By Day (9-10) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
First Friday (IRE) 5-2fav (9-8) Dwelt and in rear, headway from 3f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Waterloo Sunrise (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Mighty Whitey (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, led 4f out, ridden and headed 3f out, no extra in 4th 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 24l behind Seventh Sign (9-6) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Massabini (USA) 12-1 (9-7) Towards rear, wide and effort straight, 7th under 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 1f out, 9th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Days Ahead (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Noverre Princess (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Prominent, challenged and on terms from under 2f out, kept on well, headed closing stages, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Days Ahead (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Talenti (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden and no extra 3f out, weakened, last of 14, 24l behind Shukhov (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Dec.
Houdini Bright (USA) 25-1 (8-11) Prominent, ridden and led entering straight, strongly pressed 1f out, soon quickly headed and dropped behind leaders, 6th of 14, 7l behind Cottesloe (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Accompanist 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division early, weakened to rear halfway, no impression straight, 11th of 14, 13l behind Cottesloe (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Mac Tigue (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) In rear, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 14, 13l behind Cottesloe (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Prime Contract (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Soon mid-division, kept on same pace from 2f out, 10th of 14, 8l behind Days Ahead (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
The Pott Reidy (USA) 12-1 (8-10) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden and weakened entering straight, 6th of 14, 5l behind South South West (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
War (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Raced wide held up, ridden and weakened over 4f out, 9th of 13, 25l behind Goldmadchen (9-7) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Nov.
Whiteside (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 13th of 14, 12l behind Balmont Flyer (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Strawberry Flavour (GER) 8-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 5th under 2f out, no extra and short of room inside final furlong, 12th of 14, 9l behind Days Ahead (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.