A tight little handicap but NORTHGATE has the class to concede weight all round. He could hardly have been expected to beat Famous Name and Sharestan in Leopardstown's Listed Heritage Stakes on Sunday, especially as the mile trip was much too short, but he ran a cracking race to be beaten just 2l and with that under his belt can take this. Jazz Girl improved throughout last season and will be better for her recent run at Leopardstown while recent winners Keep It Cool, Prince Of Fashion and Alhella are still well enough handicapped to make their presence felt. The remaining pair have a little to find but are by no means out of this.
Northgate (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway on outer early straight to go 5th over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong but no impression on first 2, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Famous Name (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m Listed stks (1) gd.
Jazz Girl (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 6l behind Robin Hood (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp 60-100 gd in Mar.
Keep It Cool (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Made all, ridden and kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Mar beating Discovery Bay (8-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Charpoy (USA) 12-1 (9-6) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden along in 3rd 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Takapour (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f stks pol in Sep.
Alhellal (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along in 4th approaching straight, went 2nd 2f out, led 1f out and kept on well under pressure, won at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol beating Mundher (9-8) by 1l, 11 ran.
Prince Of Fashion (IRE) 3-1 (8-12) Chased leaders early, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol in Mar beating Spin Of A Coin (9-7) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Tantalising (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, weakened quickly 4f out, 7th of 12, 10l behind Run With The Wind (8-8) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 50-80 gd in Mar.