Willie Mullins won this with Blackstairmountain in 2012 and there are lines of form that suggest Digeanta can score again for the yard. However, his latest outing was in a Premier handicap at Leopardstown in September and race-sharpness plus Sarah O'Brien's claim could just hand the initiative to EL SALVADOR. Both have finished close behind Mullins' Pique Sous, winner of the Queen Alexandra at Royal Ascot, but Digeanta is likely to be in action at the Galway Festival and could just need the run. Orgilgo Bay was about five lengths behind in that Leopardstown event and looks held though he's since run a fine race in the Fred Winter at Cheltenham.
Armed Guard (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Held up, 11th under 5f out, switched left from 2f out, ridden to go 4th 1f out, challenged and got on terms inside final furlong, every chance, kept on well, headed near line, 2nd of 15, nk behind Blue Ridge Lane (9-8) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gf in Jun.
Digeanta (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 10th entering straight, kept on without threatening final furlong to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 18, 3 1/2l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
El Salvador (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 7l behind Ernest Hemingway (10-0) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Orgilgo Bay (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden in 4th entering straight, soon no impression, 13th of 18, 9l behind Pique Sous (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Bullock Harbour (IRE) 11-4 (12-5) Chased clear leader in 2nd and clear of remainder, closer approaching straight, led 2f out, soon asserted and kept on well, very easily, won at Bellewstown 1m 6f mdn stks gf in Aug '11 beating Priors Gold (12-5) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Doctor Deejay (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Chased clear leader, moderate 7th halfway, ridden and closer early straight, no extra over 1f out, 11th of 14, 10l behind Clare Harrier (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.