Strait Of Zanzibar was in cracking form here at this time last year scoring over the course and distance from a 7lb higher mark but he's only won twice in 31 starts. Reckless Lad was always travelling nicely when beating CONNACHT COUNCIL just over a length three weeks ago but has been raised 6lb and the runner-up, who was having his first start since July, has a fine chance of reversing the form and gaining his first success on the surface. Cash Or Casualty, who won this a year ago, was well beaten but has a big pull with the winner and should get much closer. Doc Holliday ran well behind Fastidious last month when his stablemate Iron Major got no sort of run. The latter is better than that and it would be no shock to see him reverse the form. Boughtforasong dropped back to 6f to gain her first victory on her 22nd start last week but this trip holds no terrors and she's still reasonably treated.
Doc Holliday (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden under 2f out and 3rd 1f out, no impression and kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Fastidious (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb.
Iron Major (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) Always towards rear, switched right 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 10th of 12, 8l behind Fastidious (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb.
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division, ridden entering straight, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 13, 9l behind Reckless Lad (9-1) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb.
Connacht Council (IRE) 15-2 (10-0) Chased leaders on outer, ridden in 6th 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Reckless Lad (9-1) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb.
Boughtforasong (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Dwelt and towards rear, 9th halfway, progress to go 3rd 1f out, drifted right inside final furlong and bumped rival, kept on well to lead close home, won at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-65 pol beating Catwilldo (9-5) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Reckless Lad (IRE) 4-1fav (9-1) Mid-division, progress on inner entering straight, ridden in 4th 2f out, improved to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb beating Connacht Council (10-0) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 20-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 22, 13l behind Campanology (10-0) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Sep.