ALHELLAL hasn't had much racing for his age and won this lucrative handicap a year ago. His only subsequent start last season was in the Cesarewitch and he reappeared with a fine run behind Solo Performer at Roscommon. He's 6lb higher than last year but has been prepared to complete the double and is taken to do so. Maggie Dalton lacks experience which showed when making her handicap debut at the Curragh but she's a progressive filly with a fair weight who should go well. Paddy The Celeb arrives in good form having scored at the Curragh though a 7lb rise makes things much more difficult. Scatter Dice represents Mark Johnston and her close third to Al Saham at Haydock puts her in the picture while Willie Mullins' very useful hurdler Midnight Game is back on the Flat for the first time since arriving from France in 2010 where he finished runner-up in a Listed contest.
Midnight Game (8-11) 2nd of 5, 1l behind Lawspeaker (9-2) at Toulouse(FR) 1m 4f 3yo lst stk (1) gd in Sep '10.
Macbeth (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Soon settled towards rear, no impression from over 2f out, eased from over 1f out, last of 10, 36l behind Trading Leather (8-13) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf.
Rich Coast 16-1 (9-11) Mid-division, 11th entering straight, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 9th of 20, 9l behind Paddy The Celeb (9-2) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in May.
Paddy The Celeb (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway entering straight and ridden to challenge 1f out, led over 100 yards out and kept on well, won at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in May beating Leah Claire (8-1) by 1l, 20 ran.
Hot Prospect 20-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, towards rear, progress in pursuit of leaders from 2f out, no impression in 4th and kept on same pace from 1f out, 4th of 8, 7l behind Solo Performer (9-6) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp gd.
Aladdins Cave 9-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division, driven along early straight and 16th on outer 2f out, 9th 1f out and kept on one pace under pressure, 6th of 20, 6l behind Paddy The Celeb (9-2) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in May.
Sir Ector (USA) 8-1 (10-0) Waited with well off the pace in mid-division, moderate 7th before straight, moderate 6th over 2f out, kept on without threatening under pressure, 3rd of 14, 8l behind Captainofthefleet (8-9) at Clonmel 2m hcp 60-90 sft in May.
Scatter Dice (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Led, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, not quicken final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Al Saham (9-4) at Haydock 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Maggie Dalton (IRE) 9-2 (9-10) Soon mid-division, progress travelling well straight, in pursuit of winner over 1f out, soon every chance under pressure, no extra and kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Majenta (8-8) at Curragh 1m 4f fll hcp 60-90 gf.
Muck 'N' Brass (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, towards rear, 5th approaching straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2f out, 5th of 8, 13l behind Solo Performer (9-6) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp gd.
Buy Back Bob (IRE) 6-1 (9-13) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden in 3rd over 1f out, stayed on to press winner closing stages, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind Prince Of Fire (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-85 pol in Oct.
Alhellal (IRE) 10-3 (9-4) Prominent in chasing group, closer in 2nd approaching straight, challenged and on terms from 2f out, not match winner close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Solo Performer (9-6) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp gd.
Cry For The Moon (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Towards rear, progress into 10th early straight, no extra under pressure from over 1f out, 12th of 18, 22l behind Face Value (8-2) at Leopardstown 2m hcp sft in Nov.
Bayan (IRE) 15-8 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to lead under 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Apr beating Saga Barbara (9-2) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Pires 11-2 (11-7) 2nd of 13, nk behind Rodriguez (11-4) at Dundalk 2m am hcp 50-80 pol in Mar.
Rattan (USA) 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, 12th approaching halfway, 9th 6f out, no impression straight, 13th of 27, well behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-1) at Curragh 2m hcp hvy in Oct.
Curley Bill (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, closed to track leaders in 5th before straight, challenged and on terms 1f out, led and stayed on best inside final furlong, won at Gowran Park 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Apr beating Spirit of Concorde (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.