This looks tricky but the veteran DUFF is looking on a fair mark nowadays and last month's close third to Lily's Angel in a very tough handicap at Lepardstown showed that he was no back-number and he scored on this track a year ago from a 10lb higher mark. He's handed the vote over Russian Soul, who was just behind him at Leopardstown and has since won a strong handicap over a mile here for which he gets a massive 10lb rise. Muck 'N' Brass couldn't handle Group 3 company last time and though he won over a mile here in January his victory in August came over 1m3f so this looks on the short side. Flic Flac dead-heated for this last year and is 1lb better off, though he is another who finished behind the selection last time, but Elusive Ridge can go well despite a big weight as he's won five times at the track.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, moderate 9th 4f out, soon ridden and no impression, 7th of 11, 10l behind Shadow Gate (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol.
Rock Jock (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Slowly away and towards rear, no impression under pressure straight, 6th of 13, 5l behind Balmont Mast (9-6) at Dundalk 6f 3yo stks pol.
Billyford (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, moderate 8th 4f out, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 11, 11l behind Shadow Gate (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol.
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression final furlong, 11th of 12, 8l behind Declaration Of War (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol.
Russian Soul (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, headway entering straight, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, soon clear, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Sep beating Captain Joy (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Among Equals 20-1 (9-3) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace to 4th close home, 4th of 6, 8l behind Yellow Rosebud (9-3) at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 (1) hvy.