HOME SECRETARY has now won six times though only had a nose to spare over Gun Shoot here a month ago and the latter must have a chance off 2lb lower. Third-placed Ned's Indian has boosted the form with a victory here subsequently so has to enter the reckoning but the winner is taken to confirm his victory and land this. The very versatile Goal has won nine races on all kinds of surfaces but has shot up the weights as a result of his two recent victories on Turf. Authorative landed a minor handicap at Clonmel with Stynes behind before being well beaten over hurdles at Punchestown.
Prince Of Fashion (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division, weakened from 3f out, never a factor, 13th of 14, 10l behind That's Plenty (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.
Home Secretary 6-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, 11th entering straight, pushed along 2f out, ridden in 5th 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead near line, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol beating Gun Shoot (9-8) by ns, 14 ran.
The Black Devil (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Led, headed over 2f out, still prominent but struggling when briefly short of room under 1f out, no extra, 6th of 9, 5l behind Ningaloo Reef (9-7) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 50-75 pol.
Goal (IRE) 7-2 (10-2) Soon tracking leaders on outside, ridden to challenge and hung left over 1f out, no extra towards finish, 6th of 11, 3l behind Dancing Cosmos (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Ned's Indian (IRE) 7-2fav (9-11) Always prominent, mainly 2nd, led over 2f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol beating Noble Call (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Queen Of Alba (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Queen Of The Sand (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3yo stks pol.
Gun Shoot (IRE) 4-1fav (9-8) Prominent, ridden in 2nd 2f out, disputed lead 1f out, edged ahead close home, headed near line, 2nd of 14, ns behind Home Secretary (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol.
Confidence (USA) 33-1 (9-12) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, towards rear and ridden 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 7th of 11, 4l behind Hoppsan (9-2) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Stynes (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, 3rd approaching straight and ridden 2f out, slightly checked 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, no impression closing stages, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Street Party (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-70 pol.
Noverre Princess (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Soon mid-division, 7th approaching straight, no extra in 6th from over 1f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Ned's Indian (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Authorative (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Made all, ridden early straight, strongly pressed inside final furlong and kept on under pressure, just held on, won at Clonmel 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-65 gd in Sep beating Street Party (9-13) by shd, 8 ran.