Tony Martin generally targets this race and has won three of the last five. He has entered Green Mile and Dream Champion with preference for the latter, who will love the fast ground and is fit from the Flat. Novel Investment is very consistent but is now 14lb higher than when scoring at Galway last July while Marlay Park is another who has shot up the weights and is unproven on this sort of ground. MOLLY'S BOY ran his best race for a long time behind Russian War when reverting to good ground at Ayr and a repeat of that may be good enough to take this ultra-competitive handicap, though the progressive Datokepe may be improving enough to reach a place at least after an impressive maiden success at Clonmel.
Whodoyouthink (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 17th of 20, well behind Battle Group (11-1) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd.
Essex (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened before 3 out, soon behind, 20th of 23, well behind Buena Vista (10-3) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
Rivage D'Or (FR) 10-1 (10-2) Mid-division, effort to chase leaders approaching 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, weakened before last, 11th of 23, 23l behind Buena Vista (10-3) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
Across The Bay (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Led, headed after 4th, remained close up, 4th and driven along 3 out, soon weakened, eased after 2 out, 8th of 10, 38l behind Call The Police (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hdl hvy in Feb.
Cross Appeal (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Never better than mid-division, some mistakes, no threat from 3 out, 8th of 16, 46l behind C'est Ca (11-12) at Navan 2m 4f beg chase hvy in Feb.
Prince Rudi (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Prominent, pushed along from before halfway, 6th 4 out, soon 7th and no impression next, kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 18l behind Stonemaster (11-2) at Cork 2m 4f hdl in Mar.
Clan Tara (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden to challenge 2 out, 3rd under pressure at last, no impression run-in, 4th of 17, 4l behind Raz De Maree (9-9) at Cork 3m hcp hdl in Mar.
Green Mile 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 7th approaching halfway, no extra from 4 out, 9th of 14, 38l behind Casey Top (9-13) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 in Jul.
Ned Of The Hill (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, 8th of 20, 5l behind Silent Creek (10-2) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.
Novel Investment (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Mid-division on outer, 6th 4 out, headway and ridden entering straight, 3rd 3 out, led after next, headed last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Alpine Glade (11-10) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gf in Aug.
Kerb Appeal (IRE) 3-1 (11-6) Soon prominent, challenged 2 out, no impression under pressure in 3rd approaching last, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 7l behind Se Beag (9-10) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft in Mar.
Marlay Park (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Settled mid-division, 7th halfway, headway in 3rd entering straight, ridden to challenge after 2 out, no extra approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 8l behind Good Time Donie (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 hvy in Feb.
Datokepe (IRE) 2-1fav (10-13) Always prominent, on terms before straight, soon led, stayed on well under pressure to assert from last, won at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl beating Rattan (11-12) by 5l, 16 ran.
Dream Champion 22-1 (11-11) Never better than mid-division, 15th of 16, well behind Salesin (11-9) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23.
Red Vinto 10-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, 11th of 16, well behind Carrigmartin (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp chs sft in Feb.
Taking Stock (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Held up towards rear early, 6th halfway, improved to 3rd 4 out, left 2nd 3 out, ridden approaching 2 out, no extra in 3rd before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Good Time Donie (10-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 hvy in Feb.
Molly's Boy (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up in 5th, headway 4 out, challenged next, kept on and every chance until ridden and held by winner flat, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Russian War (11-12) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-155 (2) gd.
Define (IRE) 50-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway entering straight, ridden into 8th last, no impression and kept on same pace, 6th of 17, 7l behind Pittoni (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Feb.
Montan (FR) 7-2 (11-6) Settled mid-division, ridden in 6th and no impression after 4 out, left 5th 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 35l behind Coscorrig (10-13) at Navan 2m nov chs in Mar.