This is a stiff test on the prevailing ground but hopefully MAGICIAN will be up to the task. Aidan O'Brien's colt put a moderate debut behind him with an excellent second to Mouteab over 7f at Dundalk where he stayed on strongly. He's a son of Galileo as is the Ballydoyle newcomer League Of Nations, who is a full brother to a winning hurdler and out of a 7f winner. Bunairgead also ran well over 7f at Dundalk last time and is the type who will have benefited greatly from the experience while Tommy Stack's filly Alive Alive Oh is the fourth foal of a mare who has already produced three winners so is one to keep an eye on.
League Of Nations (IRE) Galileo colt out of Last Love.
Mac Lir (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Saddle slipped after 2f, trailing when pulled up early straight, in a race won by Impound (9-5) at Killarney 1m 2yo mdn in Sep, 9 ran.
Magician (IRE) 10-3 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on to 2nd under 1f out, kept on to press winner close home, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Mouteab (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Sep.
Stony Grey (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 14l behind Beyond Thankful (9-5) at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn.
Alive Alive Oh Duke Of Marmalade filly out of Higher Love.
Boule De Neige (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 12th of 15, 25l behind Salhooda (9-0) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll mdn in Sep.
Bunairgead (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, 3rd and no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Festive Cheer (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Aug.
Urban Venture (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, weakened over 2f out, 14th of 15, 31l behind Salhooda (9-0) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll mdn in Sep.