RAYDARI has won three of his six starts on this track including when narrowly beating Paddy The Celeb last month with Solo Performer four lengths back in fourth. That form should be good enough for this and the winner is taken to come out on top again. The veteran Tribes And Banner has won four times around here but is now on his highest ever mark. Mojita Royale reappears after a break but was in very good form at the end of last year and is no forlorn hope to make a successful return. Nor is Johann Bach, who created a shock when landing a maiden in December but won with plenty in hand.
Solo Performer (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Soon led, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed 1 1/2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 9, 4l behind Raydari (8-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-100 pol in Apr.
Back Burner (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, moderate 7th after halfway, no impression from 2f out, 15th of 16, 16l behind Sure Reef (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Paddy The Celeb (IRE) 7-2 (9-7) Chased leaders in 5th, improved into 2nd and ridden 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Raydari (8-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-100 pol in Apr.
Splendid Light 12-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and close up 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 2l behind Aladdins Cave (10-1) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Dec.
Shukhov (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Soon led, ridden and strongly pressed early straight, headed 1 1/2f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 10, 5l behind Wrekin Rock (8-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol in Mar.
Johann Bach (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Soon chased leaders in 6th, progress on outer from 2f out, ridden to challenge and lead from 1f out, soon drifted left and clear, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Dec beating Benbecula (9-5) by 3l, 14 ran.
Tribes And Banner (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden into 4th 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Solo Performer (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Mar.
Raydari (FR) 5-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, close up in 4th travelling well on inner entering straight, dropped to last and switched to outer 2f out, 5th and ridden 1 1/2f out, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-100 pol in Apr beating Paddy The Celeb (9-7) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Long Journey Home (IRE) 11-4fav (10-0) Prominent and disputed lead early, tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to dispute again 2f out, headed over 1f out and soon no impression in 3rd, no extra and dropped to 4th on line, 4th of 9, 2 3/4l behind He's Got Rhythm (9-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-80 pol in Apr.
Mojito Royale (IRE) 2-1fav (10-1) Chased leaders on inner, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 2l behind Golden Shoe (9-10) at Dundalk 1m Handicap (55-75) (3yo+) pol in Dec.
Prospectorous (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leader in 2nd, clear of field, came back 3f out, led 1 1/2f out, ridden and challenged 1f out, disputed inside final furlong and headed close home, 2nd of 10, shd behind Atmospheric High (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f 4yo stk pol in Feb.
Amazing Star (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden into 7th 2f out, no impression in 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 16l behind Star Links (9-3) at Limerick 1m hcp 50-80 hvy in Apr.
Charpoy (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed under 2f out, soon no impression on leader, dropped to 3rd 1f out, last of 3, 4l behind Akasaka (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f clm stks pol in Apr.
High Importance (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 3f out, no impression over 2f out, 8th of 15, 11l behind Princeton Plains (8-11) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 60-90 sft in Jun.
Salacious Sally (IRE) 14-1 (8-1) Rear and niggled along early, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 8, 11l behind Rich Coast (9-7) at Cork 1m 2f hcp sft in Mar.
General Bunching (USA) 9-2 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden in 5th 3f out, soon no impression, eased final furlong, last of 8, 10l behind House Limit (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-70 pol in Apr.
Badger Daly (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, no impression straight, 7th of 16, 7l behind Hurricane Sky (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 sft in Apr.