Stoney made a reasonable debut on heavy ground at Roscommon and with that under his belt looks certain to get involved. Patrick Mullins was on board when Colgrave Sound made his debut at Gowran last month and the combination went well. It will be a surprise if they don't get involved but the vote goes to SECRET VALLEY. Denis Hogan's mare didn't show much on her debut at Punchestown but that was a much better race than this and the stable are very adept at bringing one back after a break. Curvacious hasn't raced since 2010 but showed plenty of potential and the betting should tell us more while the stoutly bred Heath Hunter could prove best of the newcomers.
Ballymacrt Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Close up and disputed lead, no extra from over 4f out, 13th of 15, well behind Tabac Brun (11-7) at Tramore 2m N H flat sft in Oct.
Colgrave Sound (IRE) 13-2 (12-0) Led, joined 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra, 6th of 20, 10l behind Pay The King (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Heath Hunter (IRE) Shantou gelding out of Deep Supreme.
Stoney (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, kept on from 3 out, 4th of 15, 22l behind Miriam's Dream (11-4) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct.
Thornfield (IRE) Court Cave gelding out of Needlework.
Weliveinhope (IRE) Titus Livius gelding out of Exciting.
My Boy Ivan (IRE) Ivan Denisovich gelding out of Malu.
Curvacious (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, 8th and progress 4f out, 4th early straight, kept on same pace under pressure, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Hidden Universe (11-6) at Limerick 2m 4yo nhf sft in Apr '10.
Secret Valley (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Led, ridden and headed 2 1/2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 8, 35l behind Missunited (10-12) at Punchestown 2m mrs N H flat hvy in Oct '11.