Cebuano was having his first start since August when staying on from the rear behind Wrekin Rock a fortnight ago but is now 10lb higher than when successful here last summer. Paddy The Celeb ran well for most of last summer but is high enough in the weights as a consequence, a remark that also applies to Gretzky, who has suffered for completing a double earlier in the year. The latter just holds Denny Crane on their latest run but the jumper Dark Prospect is no forlorn hope despite a big weight as he's run well here in the past. TRIBES AND BANNERS has an absence to overcome but he's well up to this at his best so he gets the nod.
Dark Prospect 7-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, improved to 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead over 1 1/2f out, strongly pressed from 1f out, kept on well, headed last strides, 2nd of 14, hd behind Denny Crane (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Dec '10.
Solo Performer (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Slowly into stride and in rear, no impression from 3f out, 7th of 10, 8l behind Wrekin Rock (8-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Denny Crane 8-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 5th over 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 7l behind El Salvador (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Feb.
Paddy The Celeb (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Soon chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on into 2nd 1f out, no impression winner final furlong, kept on same pace, held 2nd close home, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Ansgar (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 60-90 pol in Oct.
Gretzky 7-1 (8-12) Dwelt, waited with in mid-division, headway from 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on without threatening, 4th of 13, 5l behind El Salvador (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Feb.
Tribes And Banner (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride and settled in rear, closer entering straight, went 5th and ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Akinspirit (8-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in May.
Cebuano 8-1 (8-13) In rear, some progress from 2f out, went 4th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Wrekin Rock (8-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Smithfield (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden entering straight and no extra from 2f out, 14th of 18, 25l behind King Of Aran (11-3) at Curragh 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) in Sep.
Landenstown Lady 4-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden 2f out, no impression from well over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Mojita (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo fll stks gd in Aug '11.
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Dwelt and settled in rear, progress from 3f out, 3rd travelling well 2f out, led 1 1/2f out and soon pushed clear, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol beating Hurricane Season (8-10) by 4 1/2l, 14 ran.
Corr Point (IRE) 15-2 (9-10) Mid-division, chased leaders over 7f out, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, 7th of 12, 6l behind Jasmeno (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct '11.
Asian Wing (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol beating Star Power (9-7) by 1/2l, 14 ran.