Araku Valley was engaged in a conditions race here yesterday against better opposition so that result should be monitored. Dick Dundee ran a fine race at Limerick on Friday in a Grade B handicap so has to be considered if taking part but Noah Webster ran very moderately on his handicap debut behind him at Cork three weeks ago. Dawerann is very consistent but his only victory came on very fast ground. SEA LIGHT went up 10lb for her victory at Thurles but it made no difference as she won impressively here on St Stephens Day. She'll go up by more than her 6lb penalty and should complete a hat-trick. Good As Gold also ran on the same day finishing a fine second to the in-form Emily Gray so she must have a chance off the same mark.
Araku Valley (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Mid-division, good headway approaching 3 out and led after flight, ridden 2 out, kept on strongly from before last, eased close home, comfortably, won at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct beating Who's That (10-4) by 8l, 17 ran.
Dawerann (IRE) 7-2 (10-9) Settled in 4th off pace, much closer before 2 out, ridden approaching straight and no impression last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Foot Soldier (9-10) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo hcp hdl gf in Aug.
Noah Webster (IRE) 15-2 (11-11) Held up, towards rear and mistake 3rd, 13th approaching straight, soon no impression, 9th of 16, 31l behind Dick Dundee (10-10) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Buy Back Bob (IRE) 7-2fav (11-9) Held up, closer in 8th on outer approaching straight, no extra after 3 out and pulled up before last, in a race won by Dick Dundee (10-10) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft, 16 ran.
Back Off Mate (IRE) 11-4fav (10-10) Chased clear leader and 7th halfway, no extra from 3 out and moderate 7th when mistakes final 2 fences, 7th of 9, 30l behind Decade Player (10-0) at Down Royal 2m hcp chs in Nov.
Roman General (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders on inner, ridden in 6th 3 out, 4th entering straight, kept on under pressure from last, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Director's Forum (11-7) at Punchestown 2m nov hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Sli Na Fiarana 8-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden approaching 2 out, 3rd and no impression on winner before last, under pressure and kept on one pace run-in,, 3rd of 12, 7l behind Sunday Serenade (11-7) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl.
Good As Gold 8-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, improved from 4 out, 3rd on outer into straight, kept on same pace under pressure in 2nd from before last, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Emily Gray (10-13) at Limerick 2m mares hcp hdl 80-123 sft.
Dick Dundee 4-1 (10-10) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd approaching straight, challenged in 2nd from before 2 out, led before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft beating Never Enough Time (11-11) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Montrel 12-1 (11-5) Held up, 11th approaching straight, soon no extra, 11th of 16, well behind Dick Dundee (10-10) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Sea Light (IRE) 7-4fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, progress in 3rd early straight and led before last, kept on well run-in, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft beating Beneficial Spirit (10-3) by 3l, 13 ran.
May Dullea (IRE) 9-2 (10-13) Settled in rear of mid-division, smooth headway after 2 out and led entering straight, driven out and kept on well run-in, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mares mdn hdl gd in Sep beating Our Maimie (10-10) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.