Dimitar had been showing promise before getting off the mark here last week though a 7lb rise looks harsh and he's drawn wide. Daisy Mountain is consistent enough though has yet to break her duck on the all-weather and Diamond Daze has never won a race on any surface despite going close on several occasions. Alvar steps up to this trip for the first time but stayed on strongly to land a minor handicap over 7f last week but it's CLARE HARRIER who gets the vote to follow last month's victory. He's done well since transferring from the UK and came with a storming late run to catch Confident Club and today's rival Sophies Echo that night.
Dimitar (USA) 9-2 (9-10) Waited with, 9th before halfway, progress into 4th 1 1/2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong to lead closing stages, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol beating Red Laser (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 14 ran.
Daisy Mountain (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Raced wide close up, ridden and outpaced halfway, driven and stayed on final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Flying Pickets (8-13) at Southwell 7f clm stks (6) fbs in Nov.
Reposer (IRE) 18-1 (9-6) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 8, 16l behind Prince Of Sorrento (9-4) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Mountrath 11-2 (9-6) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened entering straight, 10th of 13, 15l behind Alvar (8-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.
Diamond Daze (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Waited with, towards rear early, kept on without threatening under pressure from over 1f out, 4th of 13, 6l behind Curl Cat (9-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Geraldines Lass (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, 7th early, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 8th of 12, 2l behind Copper Dock (10-0) at Dundalk 6f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol.
Clare Harrier (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Settled in rear of mid-division, 10th early straight and switched right in 8th 1f out, headway between horses inside final furlong and kept on well to lead on line, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov beating Confident Cub (9-8) by shd, 14 ran.
Alvar (USA) 14-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division, progress entering straight, ridden in 5th 2f out, 2nd 1f out, stayed on well close home to lead on line, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol beating Ocean Drift (10-0) by ns, 13 ran.
Red Army Blues (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Never better than mid-division, 9th of 13, 11l behind Curl Cat (9-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Strove For Gold (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, weakened straight, 13th of 14, 9l behind Asian Wing (8-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol.
Anna Montana (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 9th of 13, 5l behind Mount McLeod (9-3) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Can We Dare (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, ridden in 7th entering straight, no impression, 7th of 14, 7l behind Alghanem (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol.
Sophies Echo (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Prominent, in front straight, pressed 1 1/2f out, soon headed and no extra, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 4l behind Dimitar (9-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Echo Knight (IRE) 25-1 (8-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd entering straight, weakened, 8th of 13, 11l behind Alvar (8-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.
Alubari 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 14, 8l behind Alghanem (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol.
Dancingwithangels (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Mid-division, no impression straight, 7th of 14, 11l behind Beat The Ballot (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3yo stks pol.
Mctaggart (IRE) 18-1 (8-2) In rear, kept on without threatening under pressure from under 2f out, 9th of 16, 7l behind Precious Stone (8-2) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp sft in Oct.