First Friday ran well in handicaps over this trip before finding 2m beyond him in an amateurs' race a fortnight ago. Alghanem has a poor strike-rate and looks as though he needs further but Clare Harrier stayed on strongly to catch Lord Kenmare last month and a 4lb rise doesn't look excessive. All About Alfie is 9lb higher than when landing a poor contest here in October and was well beaten in his only subsequent start over hurdles. Akinspirit has been steadily dropping to a mark he looks capable of winning from though he was just behind Armed Guard and ONLY ONE GALILEO when that pair occupied the places behind the prolific Waving three weeks ago and it's the latter, who was making his handicap debut and having his first run since October, who looks the one to be on.
Alghanem (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Chased leaders in 3rd, closer halfway, went 2nd approaching straight, ridden under 2f out and soon no impression in 3rd, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 8l behind Aughnacurraveel (10-11) at Dundalk 2m am hcp 50-80 pol.
Clare Harrier (IRE) 10-3 (9-8) Chased clear leader in rear of mid-division, closer early straight, progress to go 2nd 1f out and led under pressure final 100 yards, held on, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb beating Lord Kenmare (9-9) by hd, 14 ran.
First Friday (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Prominent and led after 2f, headed 5f out, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, eased final furlong, 10th of 12, 29l behind Aughnacurraveel (10-11) at Dundalk 2m am hcp 50-80 pol.
All About Alfie (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Always prominent, soon tracked leader in 2nd, led over 2f out, soon strongly pressed and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct beating Timjoe (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Akinspirit (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 2nd 2f out, 3rd 1f out, soon no extra, 5th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Waving (10-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Big Tony (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride and towards rear, moderate 12th entering straight, ridden on outer 2f out, went moderate 8th 1f out, kept on without threatening to go moderate 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 8l behind Breathe Easy (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Feb.
Sin Miedo (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, weakened, 12th of 14, 6l behind Gold Falcon (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Armed Guard (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) In rear, some progress entering straight, ridden in 10th 2f out, went 4th 1f out, kept on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Waving (10-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Doux Douce (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Led and soon clear, 8 lengths lead after 6f, reduced advantage after halfway and joined 6f out, ridden and headed 2f out, soon no extra, 5th of 11, 12l behind Wither Hills (9-10) at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol.
Zambezi Tiger (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out led over 1f out, hung left and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 12, 5l behind Kittens (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Oct '12.
Only One Galileo (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Dwelt, soon mid-division, 9th 2f out, soon ridden, 8th 1f out, kept on final furlong to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Waving (10-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Three Leaves (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Soon towards rear, no impression 2f out, eased inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 19l behind Stoichkhov (8-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Fiftyshadesofred (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Dwelt and in rear, ridden entering straight, soon no impression, never a factor, 12th of 14, 16l behind Tetard (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Seismic (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no extra entering straight and soon weakened, pulled up 1f out, in a race won by Well Insured (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb, 14 ran.