This should prove a formality for MARCHESE MARCONI, though the same could have been said of his reappearance at Dundalk when beaten ot odds of 1/5. The stoutly-bred son of Galileo looked very one-paced that night and couldn't get past Fairview Star but this surface should bring out the best in him and entries in several Group races suggest he's expected to do much better. It's difficult to find a danger apart from the jumper Prima Vista, a winning bumper and three times successful over hurdles. He's been racing in top company over hurdles and fences all winter and looks the only feasible threat. Castletimon has shown a glimmer of potential in bumpers and looks best of the remainder.
Battle For Glory (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Soon mid-division, no impression from over 2f out, 15th of 16, 38l behind Fred Fenster (9-5) at Cork 1m 3yo mdn sft in Oct '11.
Castletimon (IRE) 13-2 (12-0) Soon mid-division, ridden in 6th 6f out, soon no impression, no extra from over 4f out, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Minella Reception (11-9) at Listowel 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Marchese Marconi (IRE) 1-5fav (9-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, niggled along from 5f out, pushed along 3f out, ridden into 2nd under 2f out, kept on final furlong without reaching winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Fairview Star (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol.
Miracle Touch (IRE) Hawkeye gelding out of Lyphard Abu.
Prima Vista 25-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, pushed along approaching straight and soon no extra, last of 6, 41l behind Dressedtothenines (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hdl G2 (1).
Stimulus Package (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) In rear, no impression 4f out, weakened, 10th of 12, 19l behind Raise The Beat (9-10) at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol in Mar.
Vim (IRE) Catcher In The Rye gelding out of Vespers.
Knockdoha (IRE) 100-1 (9-2) Chased leaders at ordinary pace until dropped behind and eased from 2f out, last of 10, 32l behind Smithfield (9-4) at Killarney 1m 3f mdn stks in Jul.