START ME UP looked ideally suited to a stamina test when beating the hat-trick seeking Our Victoria over 2m4f at Clonmel and should have things go his way enough for him to complete a double here. Carloswayback easily beat Knockfierna over the minimum trip here in November but ran poorly in the Grade 1 Royal Bond at Fairyhouse subsequently and tackles this trip for the first time. Knockfierna has since completed a double, including over 2m3f on this track, and should have no problems staying the extra. Saville Row made a successful debut over today's trip at Down Royal and, though not quite progressing as expected in a Grade 3 at Cork, he looks a real threat with the distance very much in his favour. Ballinahow Lady ploughed through very testing ground over three miles at Naas but will need to improve again in this better race.
Carloswayback (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Led or disputed lead until headed 4th, dropped to rear when mistake 4 out, no threat in straight, 5th of 6, 27l behind Zaidpour (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) sft.
Saville Row (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Led, slight mistake 4 out, ridden and headed after 3 out, soon no extra, moderate 4th after mistake last, 4th of 6, 13l behind Mossey Joe (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft.
Start Me Up (IRE) 11-4 (11-6) Soon towards rear in 5th, closed approaching straight, 3rd before 2 out, ridden to challenge between horses and on terms when mistake last, soon led and stayed on best, won at Clonmel 2m 4f nov hdl in Nov beating Our Victoria (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Knockfierna (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Chased leaders, closed after 4 out, led next, ridden clear and stayed on well from 2 out, won at Cork 2m mrs nov hdl sft beating Golden Sunbird (10-7) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Ballinahow Lady (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Always prominent, 2nd halfway, led before 4 out, ridden approaching 2 out, driven clear before last, kept on under pressure run-in, won at Naas 3m mdn hdl in Nov beating Emmas Island (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 18 ran.