Salute Him was returning from a very long break at Cork last month and this eight-times winner can never be ruled out of contention though he'll have bigger fish to fry over the coming months. Another multiple winner, Ask Jack, is also returning from a break though he's Listed class as he showed when scoring on his final start at Cork. Noel Meade is wasting no time bringing out LECEILE quickly after the mare carried a big weight to a very easy victory at Naas on Monday. She'll be raised much more than the 5lb penalty she carries here and is therefore well in at the weights. Porthaw is progressing nicely and though it was only a modest maiden he won at Clonmel he made all for a game success and is at the right end of the weights for his handicap debut. Both Citizenship and Trans City would have to be considered if getting a run from their reserve positions.
Salute Him (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Towards rear, kept on without threatening from 2f out, 8th of 14, 13l behind Flowers Of Spring (8-8) at Cork 1m 2f hcp gd in May.
Ask Jack (USA) 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden to lead 2 1/2f out, headed 2f out, regained lead under 1f out, kept on well under pressure, won at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Oct beating Hujaylea (9-4) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, headway into 8th 2f out, ridden and no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 19, 7l behind Bob Le Beau (9-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in May.
Cornakill (USA) 12-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, 21st of 22, 29l behind Super Say (9-0) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in May.
Raffaello Santi (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Mid-division, no extra from 2f out, 13th of 14, 44l behind Flowers Of Spring (8-8) at Cork 1m 2f hcp gd in May.
Mountain Pride (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 6, 8l behind Casbah Rock (9-3) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 60-90 gf in May.
Denny Crane 7-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway into 12th 4f out, ridden into 6th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 19, 6l behind Bob Le Beau (9-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in May.
Leceile (USA) 16-1 (9-12) Made all and soon clear racing keenly, reduced advantage early straight, ridden to assert again over 1f out, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Naas 1m 2f fll hcp 50-80 gf beating Penthesilea Eile (10-0) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Bazergan (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Soon towards rear, no impression under pressure straight, last of 10, 14l behind False Economy (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 gf in May.
Final Flashback (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Prominent, 2nd for much, dropped to 3rd from 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 9th of 10, 13l behind False Economy (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 gf in May.
Celendine 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway on outer into 4th approaching straight, soon ridden, no impression from 1 1/2f out, 5th of 12, 6l behind Herostatus (9-0) at Dundalk 2m hcp 60-90 std in Nov.
Maal (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Towards rear, kept on without threatening from 2f out, 7th of 14, 9l behind Flowers Of Spring (8-8) at Cork 1m 2f hcp gd in May.
Porthaw (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Soon led, strongly pressed and almost joined over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Clonmel 1m 2f mdn stks gf in May beating Chic Shanique (9-2) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Chapter Nine (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 10th of 14, 19l behind Realisation (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-85 pol in Oct.
Citizenship 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd before straight, challenged under pressure and on terms over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 12, hd behind Strandfield Lady (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gf in May.
Trans City (IRE) 9-2fav (8-8) Chased leaders, 5th and ridden entering straight, kept on into moderate 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Royal Blue Star (8-6) at Listowel 1m hcp 60-90.
Lovers Peace (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Well off pace towards rear, no impression from 5f out, 8th of 10, 29l behind Apache (9-2) at Leopardstown 1m 4f 3yo mdn gf in May.