Gretzky won this a year ago, the second of his three victories on the track with the latest coming last month when he had Shake The Bucket behind. Carried started favourite but could only finish third behind Papa's Way a fortnight ago with Protaras around four lengths behind. The assessor appears to have taken a dislike to Timjoe as he went up the regulation 5lb for scoring here in November and has been raised twice more despite not winning. Shake The Bucket, Super Sling and Equation Of Time occupied the first three places in a similar handicap over slightly shorter in November. The latter is better off at the weights and should go well but the vote goes to DENNY LANE, who was behind Timjoe here three weeks ago but was having his first start since March and will improve.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, led after 2f, headed after 4f, 2nd halfway, close up and ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 7th of 13, 4l behind Senyuman (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Denny Crane 8-1 (9-0) Held up, towards rear halfway, ridden and progress under 2f out, 5th 1f out, no impression final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Senyuman (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Gretzky 7-2fav (9-8) Held up in rear, ridden 3f out, some late headway in 9th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Senyuman (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Super Sling 4-1fav (8-13) Tracked leaders, 3rd 6f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Ned's Indian (8-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Dec.
Equation Of Time 7-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, raced on outer straight, 4th 1f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 3l behind Ned's Indian (8-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Dec.
Kalann (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, closer in 7th approaching straight, challenged 2f out, 5th and no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Vote Of Confidence (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-75 pol in Oct.
Carried (IRE) 7-4fav (11-8) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 2nd 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed inside final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Papa's Way (11-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f pol.
Protaras (USA) 14-1 (12-0) Chased leaders, 5th 4f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Papa's Way (11-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f pol.
Timjoe (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Led, headed after 2f, 3rd halfway, ridden to lead again 2f out, kept on under pressure final furlong, headed last strides, 2nd of 13, hd behind Senyuman (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Oscilate Wildly (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, progress to challenge 2f out, ridden and headed 150 yards out, under pressure and kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Carvelas (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol.