Prince Of Fashion won this a year ago and though he's 3lb higher he's been running well enough to consider for the double. Prince Of Fire scored over hurdles in August and followed up over 1m4f here in October. He hasn't run since and this may be just on the short side. Beat The Ballot looked very progressive at the end of last year and his latest run in January when virtually pulled up has to be ignored. Shukhov has won twice over the course and distance but is now high enough in the weights while General Bunching has been raised an astonishing 13lb for his victory three weeks ago. WREKIN ROCK, twice a winner at the Curragh last summer, returned from a spell of hurdling to run well behind El Salvador last month and looks on a winnable mark with Ian Brennan's claim a bonus.
Prince Of Fire (GER) 9-2 (9-12) Chased leader in 2nd, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, strongly pressed closing stages and all out, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-85 pol in Oct beating Buy Back Bob (9-13) by hd, 13 ran.
Solo Performer (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) Dwelt, progress to dispute lead after 2 or 3 furlongs, headed approaching straight, soon no extra, 11th of 13, 24l behind El Salvador (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Feb.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 4-1fav (9-11) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 7th of 8, 18l behind He's Got Rhythm (8-4) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol.
Beat The Ballot (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon hampered, eased, last of 13, 43l behind Akasaka (10-3) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Jan.
Shukhov (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Soon led, decisive advantage and stayed on well from under 2f out, won at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp pol beating Silverlord (9-4) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Prince Of Fashion (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden into 5th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Salam Alaykum (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol in Feb.
Cebuano 6-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, kept on one pace in 5th 1f out, 5th of 9, 13l behind Phantom Of Plenty (8-6) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp gs in Aug.
Long Journey Home (IRE) 13-2 (9-12) Chased leaders and took keen hold, ridden and no extra from 2f out, 5th of 6, 8l behind Cheval Rouge (9-4) at Sligo 1m 2f hcp in Aug.
General Bunching (USA) 16-1 (9-6) Waited with in mid-division, progress 4f out, 2nd travelling best 2f out, soon challenged and on terms, in front over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb beating Massabini (9-8) by 4l, 14 ran.
Wrekin Rock (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Waited with, headway in pursuit of winner 2f out, not bridging gap 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind El Salvador (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Feb.