It's a surprise to find Heavy Weight racing over this trip as he followed his victory over a mile with an even better effort when stepped up to 1m3f. This is a big drop in distance and he may not have the pace to see off the progressive RUSSIAN SOUL. Mick Halford's charge has had very little racing for his age but loves this track. He had today's rival Captain Joy behind when scoring over a mile in September and only just failed to hold off Joe Eile over the C&D last month. That race was run in record equalling time and there's more to come from him. He holds Elusive Ridge, who has won five times here, on his latest run and though the latter probably prefers further he had the pace to finish runner-up over 6f last time. Luisant is a light of former days but has raced in much better company so don't be surprised by a better effort.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden 2f out and headed by winner 1f out, no impression inside final furlong, kept on same pace under pressure, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Farmleigh House (8-13) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol.
Russian Soul (IRE) 7-4fav (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, soon led, headed close home, 2nd of 14, hd behind Joe Eile (9-3) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Oct.
Billyford (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden and no impression 3f out, 12th of 14, 12l behind Joe Eile (9-3) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Oct.
Luisant 10-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, progress on outer over 3f out, 5th into straight, kept on same pace from 2f out, no extra close home, 7th of 10, 8l behind Lady Wingshot (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Listed stks (1) sft.
New Magic (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Lily's Angel (9-0) at Dundalk 1m flls lst stks (1) pol.
Captain Joy (IRE) 5-2fav (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden in close 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, soon strongly pressed, headed close home, 2nd of 14, nk behind Spirituality (8-10) at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp 60-95 pol in Oct.
Flic Flac (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden into 7th 1f out, no extra final furlong, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 5l behind Joe Eile (9-3) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Oct.
Heavy Weight (IRE) 10-3 (9-3) Chased leaders in moderate 4th, closer 3f out, travelled well in 3rd 2f out, soon led, ridden and kept on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol beating Shake The Bucket (8-12) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Captain Cullen (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 7l behind Piri Wango (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gs in Aug.
Collingwood (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, headway under 2f out, ridden into 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Heavy Weight (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.
Sujet Bellagio 10-1 (9-2) Held up on stands side rail, headway over 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Marford Missile (9-2) at Leicester 7f 3yo sll (6) sft in Sep.