The majority of these have become very disappointing and Aidan O'Brien has resorted to a visor for A Star Is Born, who went out tamely when attempting to make all over 1m4f at the Curragh. This is a massive drop in trip which may help but she's not one to take a chance with. Nor is Mischief N Mayhem, who will be having her 12th start, though her best effort came the only time she faced soft ground. Shes No Joke ran a shocker when strongly fancied at Listowel and may not have been suited to the soft going while Barbados Bob hasn't fulfilled last season's promise. SHADAGANN hasn't run since finishing runner-up to Irish Derby hero Trading Leather at Leopardstown last September. He was beaten seven lengths but had subsequent winners behind and, as one of the few here with scope, he's handed a speculative vote.
Al Murqab (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden into moderate 9th 2f out, 6th over 1f out, kept on well final furlong to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 16, 8l behind Stepwise (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn stks in May.
Barbados Bob (USA) 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, squeezed along before straight, no impression in 6th and kept on same pace from 1f out, 5th of 14, 9l behind Edge Of Sanity (9-7) at Dundalk 7f mdn stks pol.
Brannigan's Law (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden in 10th 2f out, no impression, 9th of 14, 18l behind Wexford Opera (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn gd in Sep.
Breathe Easy (IRE) Redback gelding out of Inishmac.
Castle Of Argh (USA) Arch colt out of Xinji.
Greatness (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Dwelt a bit and ridden along, always towards rear, 12th of 14, 15l behind Edge Of Sanity (9-7) at Dundalk 7f mdn stks pol.
Papa's Way (IRE) Rakti gelding out of Clew Bay Coral.
Shadagann (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th entering straight, went 2nd 1f out, kept on without threatening winner, 2nd of 16, 7l behind Trading Leather (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep '12.
Silver Lightening (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Chased leaders and 9th halfway, no extra from 2f out, weakened, 23rd of 30, 12l behind C'est Ma Souer (9-3) at Curragh 7f hcp gd.
Why Me 20-1 (9-5) Towards rear and well off pace halfway, some headway into 8th early straight, 5th 1f out and kept on inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 4th of 14, 4l behind Mckinley (9-5) at Curragh 1m 4f mdn stks gd.
Diamond Daze (IRE) 9-2fav (8-2) Towards rear, headway 2f out and 8th 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 30, 2 3/4l behind C'est Ma Souer (9-3) at Curragh 7f hcp gd.
A Star Is Born (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Led and clear before halfway, ridden and headed entering straight, soon no extra and weakened, 8th of 15, 15l behind Dame Lucy (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo fll stks gd.
Carraroe Flyer (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Pushed along early, soon mid-division, no extra in 10th 1f out, 10th of 14, 13l behind Edge Of Sanity (9-7) at Dundalk 7f mdn stks pol.
Danmas (IRE) Dylan Thomas filly out of Andorra.
Mischief N Mayhem 7-2 (9-0) Soon led, narrowly headed from early straight, dropped to 4th and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 9l behind Edge Of Sanity (9-7) at Dundalk 7f mdn stks pol.
Papal Avenue 25-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden 3f out, no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 5l behind Pastiches (9-0) at Curragh 1m 1f 3yo fll stks gd.
Rupa (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened from 3f out, 14th of 18, 23l behind Tonabrocky (9-5) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo mdn.
Shes No Joke (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Soon chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, 7th before straight, no extra in 6th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 13, 16l behind Fulminata (9-0) at Listowel 1m mdn flls stks in Sep.
Excelli (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 18, 16l behind Tonabrocky (9-5) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo mdn.
Bomber Jackson (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, no impression straight, 7th of 14, 18l behind Wexford Opera (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn gd in Sep.
Smile Sweetly (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) One of a trio to race on near side, dropped behind from 2f out, last of 12, 20l behind South Ring (9-1) at Tipperary 5f mdn stks gd in Sep.