Jim Bolger has won this three times in the last five years and relies on Answered, who is by Authorized out of a winning miler. Belisarius was an expensive failure on his last two starts being twice beaten when long odds-on at Navan. But Joseph has chosen him over stablemate Table Rock, who made a good impression when beaten a head by Ebanoran over 7f here in October. Onenightidreamed looks ideally bred for this trip being out of a winning miler but it's the 260,000 euros yearling ALKASSER who is given the nod as he hails from a family with a lot of pace.
Alkasser (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Alexander Queen.
An Fear Ciuin (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, pushed along in moderate 4th 3f out, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 7l behind Ebasani (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn stks in Oct.
Answered Authorized colt out of Dublino.
Belisarius (IRE) 4-7fav (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, going well 2f out, challenged in 2nd from over 1f out, on terms and every chance inside final furlong, just denied on line, 2nd of 6, ns behind Evason (9-5) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn sft in Oct.
Onenightidreamed (IRE) Footstepsinthesand colt out of Pivotalia.
Russian Roulette (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear racing keenly, never a factor, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 11th of 14, 12l behind Ebanoran (9-5) at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn gd in Oct.
So Sensible (IRE) Tagula colt out of Sensible Lady.
St Peter's Square (IRE) Danehill Dancer colt out of Glamour.
Table Rock (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, headway to go 2nd inside final furlong and challenged final 100 yards, kept on under pressure but not reach winner, 2nd of 14, hd behind Ebanoran (9-5) at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn gd in Oct.
Mystic Princess (IRE) 28-1 (8-7) Chased leaders in 6th, ridden in rear approaching straight, no extra in 6th final furlong, 6th of 7, 14l behind Wolf In The Desert (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo mdn stks pol.
Spirited (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Dwelt, headway to track leaders in 4th before halfway, ridden and no impression on easy winner early straight, moderate 2nd over 1f out, kept on one pace, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 11, 7l behind Balansiya (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo fll mdn sft in Nov.