Most of these arrive in good form and have scored over the course and distance. Almadaa is very poorly handicapped compared to his Turf rating but ran well in a Listed contest last time and Tom Madden's claim is a bonus. Rummaging just held on over 7f last week and is better over this trip. He's 4lb higher but that shouldn't pose too much of a problem and he has to be on the shortlist. Longfield Lad won here a fortnight ago by 3l but the assessor has waded in with a massive 12lb rise which looks excessive. He was receiving 18lb when narrowly beaten by Knock Stars over the minimum trip last month and the winner is 9lb better off. Salvado was having just his sixth start when landing a maiden here last month and improvement can be expected but INVINCIBLE RIDGE, who won twice for Richard Hannon back in 2010 though has yet to hit the mark in Ireland, has performed well in strong handicap company on Turf and is well enough treated to take this.
Almadaa 33-1 (9-13) Broke very quickly, led and disputed, pushed along over 2f out, soon headed, not much room inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 7, 2l behind Timeless Call (9-8) at Dundalk 5f lst stks 2yo (1) pol in Oct.
Rummaging (IRE) 5-4fav (9-4) Dwelt, steady headway to go 2nd halfway, ridden to lead 1f out and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, held on well, won at Dundalk 7f hcp pol beating Toccata Blue (9-8) by nk, 8 ran.
Invincible Ridge (IRE) 9-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders and 6th halfway, ridden in 7th 1f out and no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Greek Canyon (9-11) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Oct.
Knock Stars (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and joined 2f out, soon headed, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind English Deer (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol.
Salvado (IRE) 10-3fav (9-5) Soon led, pushed along from 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 6f mdn stks pol in Oct beating Mianya Return (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Longfield Lad (IRE) 9-2fav (9-11) Made all, ridden 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, all out close home, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol beating Missile Command (8-12) by hd, 13 ran.
Bangalore Diamond (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, 3rd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 23, 3l behind Tylery Wonder (9-4) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Copper Dock (IRE) 25-1 (7-11) Dwelt and settled in rear, ridden entering straight, 7th 2f out, no impression, 9th of 10, 7l behind English Deer (9-5) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol.
Antiquus (IRE) 11-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, 4th before straight, ridden to challenge and lead over 1f out, headed and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Have A Nice Day (9-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol.