Sweet Annathea, a winner here in January, has struggled at the revised weights while Tsar Paul, though well enough treated, hasn't been seen since June. Phils Wish has been narrowly beaten in a couple of poor Wolverhampton handicaps and has been raised in the weights so the vote goes to DOONARD PRINCE. He scored over track and trip in January and though subsequently behind a couple of these rivals he's been staying on strongly and with heavy rain forecast the track may be riding slow. Refuse To Sell is very moderate but arrives in decent form as does Sylvan Mist though both are drawn out wide which won't aid their cause.
Moscow Treat (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Mid-division, weakened straight, 12th of 14, 5l behind Love Nest (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Aug.
Slipper Orchid (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden in 4th entering straight, no extra in 5th 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 16l behind Lordhighprotector (8-11) at Listowel 7f 3yo mdn aut hvy in Sep.
Tsar Paul (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Soon chased leaders, 5th before halfway, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 8th of 12, 10l behind Bubbly Bellini (9-8) at Limerick 7f stks sft in Jun.
Sweet Annathea (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Soon mid-division, closer order travelling well over 2f out, no impression under pressure 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Indian Landing (10-0) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Phils Wish (IRE) 13-8fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner 1f out, stayed on well, just held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Harvest Mist (8-10) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Jan.
Doonard Prince (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Towards rear, kept on without threatening under pressure from over 1f out, 4th of 14, 3l behind Indian Landing (10-0) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Aragorn Icon (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Esytopolishadimond (9-0) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol.
Elusive Gent (IRE) 15-2 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, ridden entering straight, kept on one paced from 1 1/2f out, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sophies Echo (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol.
Atlas Peak (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division, 11th before halfway, kept on same pace under pressure without threatening from over 1f out, 7th of 14, 4l behind Indian Landing (10-0) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Ned's Indian (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Rear of mid-division, ridden 2f out, 8th 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 7th of 14, 5l behind Red Laser (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Pipers Choice (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Prominent, on terms over 2f out, headed and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Indian Landing (10-0) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Refuse To Sell (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division, progress entering straight, ridden in 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on well in 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Sophies Echo (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol.
Sassaway (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, 6th 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace straight, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Sophies Echo (9-2) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol.
Sylvan Mist (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Soon switched left from wide draw and settled towards rear, 7th halfway, headway over 1f out and went 2nd early final furlong, kept on well without reaching winner, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Toberton (8-6) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn clm stks pol in Feb.
Hello Man (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Towards rear and driven along halfway, never a factor, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 10th of 16, 11l behind Ningaloo Reef (8-13) at Naas 7f hcp 47-65 in Jun.