Walter De La Mare's two victories at Sligo last autumn were gained on soft ground and he's not exactly set the world alight over timber during the winter. Confidence got off the mark at the tenth times of asking at Dundalk and a 10lb rise looks excessive but CRY FOR THE MOON had dropped to a very lowly mark when just failing to catch Keep It Cool at Dundalk and is just 2lb higher here. Jim Culloty's charge gets the vote though any further rain would greatly enhance the chances of Driveheron, a winner on soft ground at Sligo in September who ran quite well in similar conditions over timber.
Confidence (USA) 10-1 (9-7) Held up, smooth headway entering straight, challenged travelling best 2f out, led 1f out, kept on well, easily, won at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Apr beating Gold Mirage (9-2) by 3l, 10 ran.
Blackwitch Woman (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Led, headed 3f out, soon weakened, last of 11, 27l behind Pedantic (8-11) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp 50-80 gf.
Gypsie Queen (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Always towards rear, 10th of 13, 15l behind Aladdins Cave (9-3) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcap sft in Sep.
Walter De La Mare (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Made all, ridden and strongly pressed 2f out, kept on well under pressure straight, all out, won at Sligo 1m 2f hcp 60-90 in Sep beating Golden Nugget (8-4) by nk, 16 ran.
Driveheron (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th when short of room and checked 5f out, 3rd and ridden 2 1/2f out, 2nd and challenged straight, led narrowly inside final furlong, edged right close home, just held on, won at Sligo 1m 4f hcp 47-65 in Sep beating Aliwiyya (8-12) by shd, 16 ran.
Dearest Girl (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up in rear of mid-division, in touch 2f out, short of room and checked over 1f out, eased, 11th of 13, 16l behind Keep It Cool (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-80 pol in Apr.
Cry For The Moon (USA) 16-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, 13th on inner early straight, switched right 2f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 13, hd behind Keep It Cool (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-80 pol in Apr.
Melodie D'Amour (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 9th approaching straight, kept on same pace from under 2f out, 6th of 16, 9l behind Gift From The Sea (9-0) at Roscommon 1m 4f fll mdn stks in Sep.
Sovento (GER) 20-1 (9-1) Always towards rear, 16th of 20, 17l behind West Coast Dream (9-7) at Curragh 6f hcp 55-80 sft in Apr.
Articilitis (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Prominent, 3rd halfway, 2nd entering straight, soon driven along, no impression in 3rd from over 1f, dropped to 5th closing stages, 5th of 15, 6l behind Casbah Rock (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f stks gf.
Banna Man (IRE) 13-2 (10-13) Rear of mid-division, 8th approaching straight, no impression from 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 7l behind Paramount (11-8) at Tipperary 1m 6f app hcp 50-75 fm in Jun.
Enter The Indian (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 8th approaching straight, soon ridden and no impression from 2f out, 11th of 15, 16l behind Casbah Rock (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f stks gf.
Gypsy Rose (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, no extra entering straight, weakened, 18th of 20, 26l behind Silver Shuffle (8-13) at Curragh 1m 2f app hcp 50-70 in Oct.
Sacred Sovereign (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden entering straight, kept on same pace under pressure from 1f out without threatening, 4th of 15, 5l behind Casbah Rock (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f stks gf.
Arminta (USA) 50-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, last of 9, 15l behind Blaze Brightly (9-4) at Tipperary 7f stks gf in Apr.