FINGAL BAY has passed every test so far with flying colours, finding plenty to maintain his unbeaten record under Rules when challenged by the well-regarded Simonsig in a Grade 2 at Sandown last time. Also successful at Chepstow and Cheltenham this season at that level, he can take this slight elevation in class in his stride. Top Of The Range is also unbeaten so far and can only improve on his Ffos Las win, which proved he handles soft ground. Ballyrock upset hotpot One Term at Hereford earlier this month and Double Ross won easily at Folkestone but both have a lot more on their plate here while Fill The Power has already been beaten in a handicap. Hard To Swallow was just starting to feel the pinch when he fell behind the selection at Chepstow in October and will struggle to turn things around today after a break.
Ballyrock (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead run-in, all out, won at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft beating One Term (11-0) by nk, 15 ran.
Double Ross (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Made all, clear approaching last, easily, won at Folkestone 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft beating Henry San (11-5) by 14l, 15 ran.
Fill The Power (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Made all, not fluent 5th, ridden after last, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Nov beating South Leinster (10-12) by 7l, 9 ran.
Fingal Bay (IRE) 4-5fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 4th, ridden to lead approaching 2 out, stayed on well to assert flat, won at Sandown 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs beating Simonsig (11-7) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Hard To Swallow (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Behind, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, fell next, in a race won by Fingal Bay (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Top Of The Range (IRE) 5-4fav (10-11) Keen in touch, clear with leader from 3 out, led approaching last, ridden and ran on, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov beating Ballyboker Boy (11-0) by 8l, 12 ran.