Johnny Murtagh has ridden the last two winners so will be hoping to get on the scoresheet as a trainer with We'll Go Walking, who was highly tried after his maiden victory at Gowran in April. Defining Year had been running over hurdles before scoring over 1m4f at Dundalk but the last time he ran over this trip was in this race two years ago where he finished in mid-division. STUCCODOR was in tremendous form at this time a year ago and completed a five-timer on heavy ground at Tipperary in May. He's been running reasonably well over hurdles and doesn't look badly treated. Kevin Ryan sends Trail Blaze from the UK and though he has strong form in competitive handicaps he's unproven on testing ground, a remark that also applies to fellow Yorkshire raider Lord Aeryn. The veteran Beacon Lodge has no problems with this sort of ground and has scored in pattern race company so a mark of 102 shouldn't be a problem. That's Plenty completed a hat-trick on Polytrack late last year but has only had four runs on Turf and has never won. Afonso De Sousa has mainly contested pattern race company and has never been beaten far though he makes his handicap debut with a big weight in very testing ground. Shipyard stepped up from scoring over 5f at Navan to running well in a mile handicap at Leopardstown where the heavy going caused no problems and he looks best of the rest.
Afonso De Sousa (USA) 4-7fav (9-2) Chased leaders in 3rd and took keen hold early, ridden 2f out, soon switched to outer, kept on same pace in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Paene Magnus (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Oct.
Beacon Lodge (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, no threat in straight, 13th of 16, 11l behind Francis Of Assisi (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Chapter Seven 25-1 (9-6) last of 15, 17l behind Sanshaawes (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp in Feb.
Stuccodor (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden early straight and soon no impression on winner, kept on same pace inside final furlong, dropped to 4th final 50 yards, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Euphrasia (9-7) at Leopardstown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) sft in Oct.
We'll Go Walking (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Settled behind leaders early and keen hold, 2nd after 4f, ridden to challenge over 2f out, under pressure in 5th entering straight when slightly squeezed, soon no extra, 7th of 9, 9l behind Missunited (9-4) at Galway 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gd in Sep.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Towards rear, pushed along and no impression early straight, kept on inside final furlong without threatening, 8th of 16, 6l behind Francis Of Assisi (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Regulation (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Sanshaawes (9-1) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f hcp gd.
Defining Year (IRE) 13-8 (9-8) Held up in last, progress into close 3rd travelling well 2f out, pushed along to dispute lead 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, edged ahead close home, cosily, won at Dundalk 1m 4f 4yo stk pol in Feb beating Gretzky (9-12) by nk, 4 ran.
Canary Row (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden before straight, no impression from over 1f out, 10th of 15, 10l behind Beacon Lodge (9-8) at Tipperary 7f hcp 60-100 in Oct.
Trail Blaze (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Raced centre, slight lead overall until approaching 2f out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 27, 6l behind Breton Rock (9-4) at Ascot 7f (2) sft in Oct.
Einsteins Folly (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division and 8th halfway, no extra early straight and eased when beaten final furlong, last of 16, 13l behind Francis Of Assisi (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Captain Cullen (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Held up in rear, progress early straight and ridden in 6th 1f out, under pressure and kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Dancing Cosmos (8-13) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
That's Plenty (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Soon led, joined 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, just denied, 2nd of 13, shd behind Ned's Indian (8-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Dec.
Cheval Rouge (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Towards rear and 8th halfway, ridden along entering straight and moderate 5th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 10l behind Rich Coast (9-13) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp hvy in Sep.
Diesel Ten (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Soon tracked leaders, 5th early, challenged on outer and gained narrow lead from over 1f out, stayed on well to assert inside final furlong, won at Navan 1m 3yo hcp sft in Oct beating Snakes And Ladders (9-8) by 2 1/4l, 18 ran.
Lord Aeryn (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Held up, not clear run 2f out or 1f out, never on terms, 11th of 19, 6l behind Graphic (9-5) at York 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Oct.
Shipyard (USA) 4-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along to go 2nd early straight, no impression on winner 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3l behind Gunner Lindley (8-11) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp sft in Oct.
Smoker 7-1 (9-10) Waited with, towards rear when lost action before straight and soon pulled up, in a race won by Seussical (9-12) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo hcp gf in May, 8 ran.
Strandfield Lady (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Held up in 5th, pushed along approaching straight and no impression in rear 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, last of 6, 7l behind The Ring Is King (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol.
Saratoga Baby (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Niggled along away from stalls, soon mid-division, niggled along 3f out, no impression and kept on same pace from under 2f out, 10th of 14, 6l behind Regulation (9-13) at Curragh 1m hcp 60-100 gd in Sep.
Man Of Erin (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, never a factor, last of 23, 17l behind Corporal Maddox (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Aug.