PLAYDATE began his handicap career off a mark of 80 which has proved far too high. He had dropped to a lowly 51 when runner-up to Redzer Gazgoff at Gowran last month and can run here from that mark. Appletreemagic has progressed nicely on polytrack and returned to action with an impressive victory over Send Me Home but she's 13lbs higher here and that looks harsh. Atlas Peak ran poorly over hurdles during the winter so it was a surprise to see him run well when third to Indian Wind at Dundalk and a bigger threat may emerge in the shape of Inishtearaght, who hasn't had much racing and made a promising reappearance behind Mrs Batt at Naas.
Appletreemagic (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Towards rear, 12th on outer 3f out, good progress on outer straight, ridden to lead 1f out, soon clear, easily, won at Dundalk 1m app hcp 0-60 pol in Apr beating Send Me Home (8-11) by 3l, 14 ran.
Atlas Peak (IRE) 5-1 (9-13) Towards rear, headway to 6th 1 1/2f out, ridden in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Indian Wind (9-2) at Dundalk 1m Handicap (47-60) (4yo+) pol in Mar.
Kilmagner (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Never a factor, 11th of 14, 18l behind Ballivor (8-10) at Curragh 1m hcp 60-90 sft in Jun.
Ice Bound (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, driven along entering straight, no impression in 5th from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 7l behind Jigalo (9-10) at Dundalk 2m Handicap (47-60) (4yo+) pol in Mar.
Andalucia Lady (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Raced from widest stall, very slowly away and always behind, eased final furlong, last of 15, 27l behind Cul A Dun (9-7) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp 50-70 gd in Apr.
Barromante (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division throughout, never a factor, 12th of 14, 21l behind Oversighted (9-1) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Bricks and Porter (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, 5th on inner halfway, moderate 4th and no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Mrs Batt (8-11) at Naas 1m Apprentice Handicap (4yo) gd in Apr.
Devious Soprano (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden straight, 7th over 1f out, soon no impression, 9th of 15, 8l behind Slapper (9-8) at Limerick 7f Handicap (47-60) (4yo+) in Apr.
Playdate 14-1 (8-9) Held up, 10th halfway, 5th and headway 2f out, moderate 3rd 1f out, stayed on, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Redzer Gazgoff (9-6) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp 50-70 gd in Apr.
Sian Thomas 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra from 2f out, weakened, 15th of 17, 22l behind Mrs Batt (8-11) at Naas 1m Apprentice Handicap (4yo) gd in Apr.
Danehill Spirit (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Running Flame (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 2yo hcp pol in Oct '08.
Granski (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, led over 8f out, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 10, 35l behind Star Choice (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.
Inishtearaght (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Prominent, 7th halfway, 6th 2f out, went moderate 4th 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 2l behind Mrs Batt (8-11) at Naas 1m Apprentice Handicap (4yo) gd in Apr.
Moonlight Ridge (IRE) 9-2 (8-7) Close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Imperial Djay (9-0) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Coolagad Wonder (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Prominent, weakened from 3f out, 13th of 14, 17l behind Appletreemagic (9-1) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 0-60 pol in Apr.
Talk Of Excitment 20-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 4 1/2l behind One Of Three (8-12) at Cork 7f Handicap (47-60) (4yo+) gf in Apr.
Starspiel (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Held up, progress entering straight, 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace3, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Lynott (8-11) at Roscommon 1m 2f hcp 0-70 gd in May '07.
Fascinating Paddy (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Towards rear, ridden in 8th 4f out, kept on one pace from 2f out, 6th of 13, 9l behind Dirtybirdie (8-6) at Downpatrick 1m 3f 3yo hcp gd in May '08.
Blue Cross Boy (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division on inner, hamped before halfway, ridden entering straight, 7th 1 1/2f out, stayed on on rail final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 18, 2 3/4l behind One Of Three (8-12) at Cork 7f Handicap (47-60) (4yo+) gf in Apr.