Valley Queen has a touch of quality which she'll need conceding weight all round while Maal keeps finding one too good and has shot up 7lb in the process. Elusive Gent gained his first victory on his 23rd start at Down Royal and could have done without a 6lb rise though his rider's claim is a bonus. RECKLESS LAD hasn't had much experience and is gradually getting the hang of things so it's a surprise that the handicapper has dropped him 1lb and he can take advantage. Art Scene, who beat him at Tipperary, is poorly off at the weights and is overlooked.
Valley Queen 6-1 (9-6) Soon towards rear, ridden and improved on inner to go in pursuit of clear leader over 1f out, no impression on winner and kept on inside final 100yds, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Cool Athlete (10-0) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Zelie Martin (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Soon mid-division, ridden and no extra entering straight, eased final furlong, 12th of 14, 26l behind Maudlin Magdalen (8-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Aug.
Maal (IRE) 13-2 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, stayed on in 6th 1f out, kept on to 2nd inside final furlong, no impression winner closing stages, 2nd of 17, 1 1/2l behind Star Links (9-11) at Galway 1m hcp 50-75 gd.
La Oliva (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden along approaching straight and dropped to 5th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 5l behind Annakrista (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Jul.
Maraglen (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden in 4th over 3f out, no impression 2f out, moderate 5th and no extra 1f out, 8th of 12, 13l behind Maudlin Magdalen (9-6) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Elusive Gent (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders and 9th halfway, some headway to go moderate 2nd 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Down Royal 7f hcp 47-65 gf beating Last Minute Lisa (9-6) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Whitethorne Scent 12-1 (8-10) Prominent, led from before straight, headed 1 1/2f out, 2nd and no extra from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 16, 10l behind Eighteen Summers (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f app hcp 50-70 gd.
Art Scene (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden early straight and no impression over 1f out, dropped to 5th and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 6l behind Authorative (8-10) at Clonmel 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-65 gd.
Tohugo (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Chased leaders and dropped to rear halfway, ridden and soon no extra, eased well over 1f out, last of 10, 38l behind Usa (11-7) at Laytown 7f amt stk.
Danequest (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Towards rear, headway approaching straight and 5th over 1f out, kept on one pace into 4th final furlong but no threat to principals, 4th of 15, 11l behind Celestial Prospect (9-12) at Wexford 2m hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Kalaroa (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, ridden in moderate 10th 3f out, no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 26l behind Lethal Weapon (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 3f hcp 50-80 in May.
Reckless Lad (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Soon tracked leaders, 5th before straight, no impression 1f out, kept on without troubling winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Art Scene (8-5) at Tipperary 7f 3yo hcp gd in Aug.
Bubblesforbarbara (IRE) 22-1 (8-6) Led, strongly pressed early straight and headed under 2f out, no impression in 4th over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 15, 9l behind Sheilas Wish (9-9) at Cork 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Kingdomforthebride (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Led, soon clear, reduced lead and joined 3f out, headed and no extra from over 2f out, 13th of 14, 26l behind Capitol Hill (9-6) at Galway 7f hcp 50-75 sft in Aug.
Enough Is Enough (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) Always towards rear on rail, ridden and no impression halfway, 18th of 19, 11l behind Doonard Prince (9-3) at Naas 6f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Sretaw (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, 10th 2f out, 8th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind All About Timing (8-8) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-65 gf in Jun.
Golan Heights (IRE) 11-2 (8-10) Prominent, ridden in 2nd 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Waterloo Sunrise (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Samollie (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Waited with, closer in 6th from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 14, 4l behind Cool Athlete (10-0) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Irish Dream 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, awkward on bend and hampered 5f out, soon dropped to 4th, hung badly left and weakened 2f out, virtually pulled up final furlong, last of 8, 26l behind Silkelly (9-7) at Musselburgh 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in May.