The veteran Home Secretary is on exactly the same mark as when successful over the track and trip in November, his sixth victory here. ATTRACTION TICKET went up 9lb for his victory at the end of January, when Little Arrows was behind, and couldn't cope in a better race three weeks later. The assessor has relented with a 4lb drop and Billy Lee's mount can return to winning ways. Alvar stepped up to this trip for the first time last month and gained his fourth success on the track. He was well beaten back over a mile subsequently but looks a threat. Balmont Flyer has dropped enough in the ratings to be given a chance though it remains to be seen how a poor effort over hurdles on Monday affects him.
Attraction Ticket 12-1 (9-3) Settled in rear, never a factor, ridden and some progress in 8th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 11, 12l behind Carried (8-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Feb.
Alvar (USA) 7-2 (10-0) Prominent early, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression in 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Revolution (9-2) at Dundalk 1m app hcp pol.
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Led, ridden 2f out and soon challenged, headed 150 yards out and no extra close home, 3rd of 6, 1 1/4l behind The Ring Is King (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Home Secretary 3-1 (9-0) Dwelt and settled in rear, ridden early straight and no impression in 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 6, 2 1/4l behind The Ring Is King (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Little Arrows (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden and progress on inner entering straight, 6th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 11, 4l behind Alvar (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp pol in Feb.
Mejd (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride and in rear, ridden 3f out, weakened entering straight, tailed off, last of 10, 30l behind Cheers Buddy (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Dec.
Sharjah (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, progress into 5th entering straight, ridden and no impression over 1f out, under pressure and kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 8l behind Aughnacurraveel (10-11) at Dundalk 2m am hcp 50-80 pol.