Toccata Blue has been going well on Polytrack but has climbed the weights without winning since successful at the Curragh in July. He was narrowly beaten by Indian Landing at Dundalk last time and the weights are the same. Andy Oliver tries the disappointing Shipyard in blinkers while Reckless Lad is 9lb higher than his victory at Dundalk in February. Battleroftheboyne has gone up 3lb despite being beaten in his three runs so far this season so the vote goes to FOCUSSED. Brendan Duke's charge has won three times in his career, all over this specialist trip on soft ground with Kevin Manning on board, so the stage looks set for another success.
Toccata Blue (IRE) 7-2fav (9-9) Raced close 2nd, led entering straight, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Our Manekineko (9-5) at Dundalk 1m stks 0-85 pol in Apr.
Indian Landing (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Tracked leader and 3rd halfway, ridden in 2nd and 4 lengths off leader 2f out, closer 1f out, under pressure and no impression inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 2 3/4l behind Sophisticated Heir (8-11) at Leopardstown 7f in Mar.
He's Got Rhythm (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Always towards rear, never a factor, 13th of 14, 12l behind Intensical (8-6) at Naas 7f hcp 60-100 in Apr.
Shipyard (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened from 2f out, never a factor, 14th of 20, 13l behind Great Minds (9-4) at Curragh 6f hcp hvy.
Elusive In Paris (IRE) 9-1 (8-6) Short of room between horses early and soon towards rear, pushed along from halfway, 8th 2f out, 9th and no impression 1f out, 9th of 11, 5l behind Gathering Power (9-2) at Naas 6f hcp in Apr.
Reckless Lad (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) In touch in 5th, close 4th 2f out, soon briefly short of room and switched to inner, ridden in 2nd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Iron Major (9-9) at Dundalk 7f stks 0-80 pol in Mar.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 3f out, under pressure in 5th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 10th of 12, 12l behind Woodsophiesmile (9-3) at Curragh 1m hcp gf.
Battleroftheboyne (IRE) 11-2 (8-5) Raced in near side group to halfway where 5th, dropped to 7th 1f out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 10th of 20, 6l behind Srucahan (9-13) at Curragh 6f hcp in Apr.
Kanes Pass (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) 2nd early, 4th after 2f, 5th halfway, ridden along entering straight, weakened 2f out, 14th of 15, 11l behind Harley's Harley (9-2) at Leopardstown 7f hcp.
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Rear of mid-division, pushed along and no impression halfway, no extra, 12th of 13, 11l behind More Questions (8-8) at Navan 5f hcp gd.
Jembatt (IRE) 10-1 (8-3) In rear, never a factor, pushed along in 12th 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 9th of 13, 7l behind More Questions (8-8) at Navan 5f hcp gd.
Focussed (IRE) 15-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, dropped to 5th under pressure 2f out, soon no impression, kept on one pace from 1f out, 6th of 8, 9l behind Daredevil Day (9-2) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp sft.
Princess Aloof (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Mid-division, pushed along in rear of mid-division 2 1/2f out, ridden into 10th 1f out, kept on, 6th of 15, 5l behind Harley's Harley (9-2) at Leopardstown 7f hcp.
Coldstream 14-1 (9-12) Mid-division, 5th halfway, ridden into 2nd 2f out, slightly hampered over 1f out when 4th, weakened, 7th of 12, 6l behind Northern Surprise (9-0) at Sligo 6f 3yo hcp.
Silver Gauntlet (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Towards rear, pushed along approaching straight, soon no extra, 10th of 11, 34l behind Rathealy (9-8) at Gowran Park 7f 3yo hcp hvy in Apr.
Norville (IRE) 16-1 (7-11) Slowly into stride and always behind, under pressure halfway, never a factor, 16th of 20, 15l behind Great Minds (9-4) at Curragh 6f hcp hvy.
Cultured Lady (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden in 11th 2f out, soon switched to inner, kept on without threatening final furlong, 6th of 13, 7l behind Relentless Pursuit (9-2) at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp pol.