VINSON MASSIF hated the testing ground on his debut and was much more at home when winning narrowly on Dundalk's Polytrack. He had a 96 rated opponent over 2l back in third and a mark of 90 looks lenient for this rated event. Scotland Forever tries the minimum trip for the first time after twice showing good pace over 7f at Gowran while Katchy Lady will be better for her recent reappearance and had some solid form in sprints last year. Scatty Cat won a couple of races in her first campaign and performed with credit in Pattern race company so she could provide the main threat.
Vinson Massif (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders on inner, switched right early straight and soon challenged, led 1f out and kept on best under pressure, won at Dundalk 5f 2yo mdn stks pol in Aug beating Scrapper Blackwell (9-5) by hd, 12 ran.
Scotland Forever (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Prominent, led entering straight, ridden and headed 2f out, no impression on winner final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Tobann (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f mdn stks sft in Apr.
Katchy Lady 10-1 (9-8) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra over 1f out, 7th of 8, 7l behind Ballyorban (9-10) at Cork 6f 3yo hcp hvy in Mar.
Scatty Cat (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Mid-division, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden and no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 5l behind Harry Trotter (9-8) at Dundalk 5f Apprentice Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) pol in Apr.