Lily's Star could be given a form boost in the previous two races as those who occupied the places behind her two weeks ago are involved. However, she has plenty of ground to make up on KNOCKGRAFFON LAD on earlier running and the latter, who has already won three times here this month, can complete a four-timer despite a rise of 25lb in the period. Confidence bounced back to form with a fine effort behind Home Secretary a fortnight ago and a similar effort would see him in the shake-up. He just holds Prince Of Fashion on that run though the latter is more consistent. The lightly-raced Pivotal Rock showed that he would be winning again soon with a very good run here last month and could provide the man threat.
Confidence (USA) 22-1 (9-3) Soon led, clear well before halfway, reduced advantage early straight, ridden 1f out, headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Home Secretary (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f Handicap (60-75) (3yo+) pol.
Belle Noverre (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 4f out, led over 2f out, ridden clear approaching final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Musselburgh 1m 1f sell stks (6) gf in Jul beating Georgebernardshaw (9-3) by 5l, 5 ran.
Knockgraffon Lad (USA) 9-4 (9-7) Mid-division, headway in 6th travelling well 2f out, 4th 1f out, pushed out to lead last 100 yards, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol beating Word For Word (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Little Arrows (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, some late headway final furlong, never a danger, 8th of 14, 6l behind Billyford (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 3yo stks pol.
Prince Of Fashion (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on outer from early straight, 5th 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong without reaching leaders, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Home Secretary (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f Handicap (60-75) (3yo+) pol.
Pivotal Rock (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, 5th entering straight, ridden in 4th 1f out, kept on under pressure and short of room well inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Key Breeze (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Chebona Bula 50-1 (9-3) Chased clear leader, moderate 3rd halfway, closer early straight, soon ridden and no extra, weakened, 10th of 14, 8l behind Home Secretary (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f Handicap (60-75) (3yo+) pol.
Saint By Day (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 10th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Key Breeze (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Nov.
Macnas (USA) 16-1 (8-1) Mid-division, switched right 1 1/2f out and soon went 4th, no impression and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Elusive Ridge (9-10) at Dundalk 7f app hcp pol.
Mutiska (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along and dropped to 6th approaching straight, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 10, 4l behind Fantasy King (9-4) at Dundalk 2m hcp 60-90 pol in Nov.
Lily's Star (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Settled in rear, 11th early straight, headway to go 5th 1f out, challenged between horses and kept on well to lead final strides, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol beating Cool Athlete (9-8) by shd, 14 ran.
Humiliation 9-2 (9-6) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 6l behind Captain Henry (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Sparring Partner (IRE) 3-1fav (9-13) Chased leaders early, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden to challenge in 3rd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Tribes And Banner (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol.