Half-a-dozen of these have the form to win a race of this nature but it's another, MIRAAJ, who is handed the vote. He started favourite when making his debut for Richard Hannon at Newmarket in October and though finishing mid-division showed enough to suggest he can win races. Elleval was touched off by the narrowest of margins by Won Diamond over a mile last week and the shorter trip won't be a problem while Rapid Approach has been narrowly beaten over 6f and a mile so today's trip could prove ideal. Toccata Blue stayed on well behind Victor's Beach in a C&D handicap a fortnight ago and Elusive Ice was caught on the post by Queen Of The Sand when making her debut last month with Senyuman not far behind.
Connacht Council (IRE) Haatef gelding out of Asfurah's Dream.
Elleval (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Soon tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd 2f out, challenged in 2nd from over 1f out, soon every chance, stayed on well final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 13, shd behind Won Diamond (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol.
Elusive Heir (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, soon detached, tailed off, soon pulled up, in a race won by Ginger Goose (9-3) at Hamilton 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Jul, 7 ran.
In Our Blood (IRE) Oratorio colt out of Ruff Shod.
Miraaj (IRE) 5-1fav (9-0) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 7th of 17, 8l behind Goodwood Mirage (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct.
Mouth Piece 12-1 (9-3) Dwelt, rear of mid-division, shaken up over 2f out, never nearer, 8th of 12, 11l behind Ajmany (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf in Aug.
Rapid Approach (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) Prominent, led under 2f out, soon ridden and strongly pressed, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Your Pal Tal (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol.
Regal Concorde (IRE) Lawman gelding out of Fernanda.
Toccata Blue (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Victor's Beach (8-8) at Dundalk 7f 2yo hcp pol.
Tylery Wonder (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed under 2f out, dropped to 3rd and no extra final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Your Pal Tal (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol.
Elusive Ice (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon mid-division, chased leaders approaching straight, got in the clear over 1f out and soon challenged in 2nd, every chance inside final furlong and got to the front well inside last, not match winner near line, 2nd of 14, hd behind Queen Of The Sand (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn fll auc stks pol in Nov.
Manzanita (IRE) Barathea filly out of Somerset Falls.
Senyuman (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Soon mid-division, ridden to chase leaders and no impression 1f out, kept on, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Queen Of The Sand (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn fll auc stks pol in Nov.
Woodsophiesmile (IRE) Acclamation filly out of Woodyousmileforme.
Global Icon 9-4 (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, unable to quicken when edged right and lost 2nd inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Homage (9-3) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Shock Jock (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor colt out of Kat Act Two.
Sharjah (IRE) 18-1 (9-3) Held up in mid-division, outpaced 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 12l behind Altruism (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf in Aug.