TOUGH AS NAILS, who finished first past the post on the opening day of the season at the Curragh but was disqualified after hanging badly, can gain compensation. The fourth that day, Gold Lace, has since won so the form is already looking strong. Cheerful Giver wasn't far behind Gold Lace, also at the Curragh, and though held by Tough As Nails on a line through the winner is certain to improve. Boris Grigoriev was withdrawn from that latter race due to heavy conditions and makes his debut here. The Ballydoyle colt is bred for further but should have enough pace to make his presence felt though Ger Lyons' newcomer Gin Rummy has a much speedier pedigree being a half-brother to a two-year-old winner and out of a mare who was a winning sprinter.
Boris Grigoriev (IRE) Excellent Art colt out of Strategy.
Cheerful Giver (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Led or disputed lead, strongly pressed from over 1f out, headed under pressure inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Gold Lace (8-12) at Curragh 5f 2yo mdn sft.
Clubland (IRE) Red Clubs colt out of Racjilanemm.
Diamond Rainbow (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear early, 6th halfway, hampered under 2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 9, 8l behind Snowflake Dancer (9-0) at Dundalk 5f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Mar.
Gin Rummy Red Clubs colt out of Litewska.
Hamlet The Dane (IRE) Namid colt out of Bint Alhaarth.
Tough As Nails (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Made all, driven along from 2f out, hung badly right inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, held on, placed 2nd following stewards enquiry, in a race won by Tough As Nails (9-0) at Curragh 5f 2yo mdn sft in Mar, 5 ran.
Artic Dancer (IRE) Ad Valorem filly out of Positano Princess.
Lady Superior (IRE) Elusive City filly out of Siem Reap.