Doux Douce and Armed Guard occupied the places behind Zambezi Tiger over 1m4f a week ago but neither have ever been anywhere near this trip. Nor has Only One Galileo, who was well beaten. But winning hurdler Nurse Ryan has no problems staying while the veteran Well Insured wasn't beaten far in this last year. Magical Moon was in decent form on the Flat and over hurdles last summer but hasn't run since October and is still a maiden, as is Furacano who hasn't run beyond 1m3f. MAD FOR ROAD gets the vote as he is one of the few guaranteed to stay the trip and has a victory on this track to his credit. He looks reasonably treated and can see off the attentions of Boxer Beat, who is up to this but has a strike-rate of 1-51 in his career.
Nurse Ryan (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Rear of mid-division on outer, ridden in moderate 9th 3f out, no impression, 8th of 13, 12l behind Cottesloe (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Well Insured (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Fly leapt leaving stalls and in rear, pushed along early straight and no impression in 10th 1f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 14, 5l behind Table Forty Six (8-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Shabra Charity (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Chased clear leader in 3rd, closer after halfway, ridden and dropped to 6th entering straight, no extra under 2f out, 7th of 11, 19l behind Wither Hills (9-10) at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol.
Armed Guard (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) In rear, ridden and progress entering straight, 10th 2f out, 7th 1f out, stayed on well to go 3rd final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Zambezi Tiger (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Doux Douce (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Led and soon clear, ridden clear 2f out, strongly pressed under 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Zambezi Tiger (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Magical Moon 12-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 3f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no extra and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Roe Deer (9-11) at Killarney 1m 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Furacano (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, 7th 1f out, no extra, 6th of 14, 7l behind Cristy's Call (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
Celtic Monarch (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Never travelled in last pair, reminder after 2f, went modest 5th under strong pressure over 1f out, never involved, 5th of 9, 20l behind Waving (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Feb.
Duroob 50-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, 8th 4f out, no impression from 3f out, 9th of 13, 30l behind Zaralabad (11-12) at Bellewstown 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) hvy in Aug '09.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, 6th 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 14, 3l behind Waving (10-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Mad For Road (IRE) 5-1 (8-6) Held up in rear of mid-division, improved over 4f out, no impression under pressure in 6th and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 12, 6l behind Habesh (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Faranadooney (USA) 12-1 (8-10) Soon mid-division, 12th halfway, no impression from over 4f out, 12th of 15, 30l behind Little Green (9-3) at Clonmel 2m hcp 47-65 sft in May.
Only One Galileo (IRE) 7-1 (8-2) Dwelt, in rear, ridden entering straight, effort on inner when checked under 2f out, no impression final furlong, 9th of 14, 9l behind Zambezi Tiger (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Tale Of Fame (ITY) 33-1 (8-5) Mid-division, 10th early, no impression from under 2f out, 12th of 14, 12l behind Muizenberg Nights (9-2) at Dundalk 6f 3yo hcp 47-70 pol in Apr.