Money Trader beat African Cat by a head off levels over the minimum trip at Naas last July and is now 4lbs better off. The runner-up has since made a winning return at Dundalk and may have made the more progress. BRUSHED ASIDE promised plenty in her first season and showed that she had trained on with a convincing success over 7f at Dundalk. Today's shorter trip won't be an inconvenience and she can continue to improve. All of Rudi Valentino's three appearances last term were over 7f on testing ground and this front-runner can be expected to be more effective on today's better going and shorter trip. Miss Velocity disappointed at Dundalk on Friday and the handicapper looks to have her in his grip.
African Cat (USA) 7-2 (9-5) Always prominent, ridden in 2nd under 2f out, led narrowly over 1f out, soon joined and strongly pressed, led again last strides, won at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn stks pol beating Oscillate (9-5) by hd, 10 ran.
Rudi Valentino (IRE) 9-4 (9-2) Led, ridden and challenged 1 1/2f out, headed inside final 150 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Reggae Rock (9-0) at Galway 7f 2yo aut hvy in Oct.
Here Now And Why (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, last of 14, 21l behind Hujaylea (8-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 60-90 pol.
Rigid Rock (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 3rd approaching halfway, ridden and weakened straight, 8th of 12, 8l behind Bewitched (8-4) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol in Oct.
Rockymountainhigh (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, no impression under pressure from over 1f out, 3rd of 4, 9l behind Love Lockdown (9-5) at Naas 6f 2yo stk gf in Jun.
Brushed Aside 11-4 (9-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, led under 2f out, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, won at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn fll pol in Mar beating Pluirin (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Money Trader (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden and headway on stands' side under 2f out, 2nd and stayed on inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Duchess Of Foxland (8-7) at Curragh 7f 3yo ext hcp sft in Mar.
Wake Me Up (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 15, 32l behind Hazarafa (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo fll mdn in Mar.
Miss Velocity 7-2 (9-0) Made all, strongly pressed from over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, all out, won at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn auc stks pol in Mar beating Jembatt (9-5) by hd, 14 ran.
More Lashes (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 9th of 13, 14l behind Brushed Aside (9-0) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn fll pol in Mar.
Majestic Pearl (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Prominent, led from 2f out, headed and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 20, 7l behind Daffodil Walk (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp 55-80 hvy.