Empress Toorah battled on well to complete a double on this track a fortnight ago and a 5lb rise shouldn't prevent a bold bid for a hat-trick. However, CALORIE, who finished almost three lengths behind her on her debut over the trip, may be ridden with more restraint this time and is expected to reverse the form and take this. Queen of Alba has scored twice at Sligo this summer and had little chance in a Listed contest at Gowran last time so this should prove more to her liking. Santo Romano was making her handicap debut after three starts in maidens when scoring at Ballinrobe and there's definitely more to come so she looks a big threat.
Strandfield Lady (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Raced towards rear in 7th, under pressure 2f out, no impression 1f out, one pace, 6th of 8, 9l behind Ebadani (9-1) at Bellewstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Aug.
Queen Of Alba (IRE) 50-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden in 2nd entering straight, soon no impression, weakening when checked 2f out, behind when eased final furlong, 12th of 14, 24l behind Carla Bianca (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) in Aug.
Woodsophiesmile (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Very slowly away and always behind, in touch in last 5f out, ridden 3f out, soon no impression, last of 7, 14l behind Empress Toorah (9-2) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp gd in Aug.
Shes No Joke (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Soon chased leaders, 5th 5f out, dropped to moderate 7th 1f out, no impression, 7th of 13, 6l behind Ned's Indian (8-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Dec.
Empress Toorah (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, moderate 4th halfway, closer 4th entering straight, soon ridden, improved to lead over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, all out close home, won at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp gd in Aug beating Willowing (9-7) by ns, 7 ran.
Intense Debate (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, under pressure from 3f out, no extra from over 2f out, soon behind and eased, last of 8, 42l behind Timiyan (9-4) at Galway 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Calorie 7-2 (9-1) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead entering straight, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, soon no extra, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Empress Toorah (9-2) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp gd in Aug.
Pretty Angel (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Dwelt and held up towards rear, moderate 6th halfway, ridden in 5th entering straight, went 4th over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Empress Toorah (9-2) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp gd in Aug.
Santo Romano (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 5th 2f out, ridden and progress on outer in 3rd entering straight, kept on well inside final furlong, led close home, won at Ballinrobe 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-70 in Aug beating Keyboard Melody (9-9) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Sli Na Fiarana 11-2 (8-4) Towards rear, pushed along entering straight and no impression on winner in 8th 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 5l behind Castle Guest (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov.