Diesel Ten had been in poor form over hurdles before unseating his rider at the start of the Irish Lincoln on his return to the Flat. DALKOVA started out with Sir Michael Stoute than went to Richard Hannon. He managed a maiden victory at Ascot in 2012 and should be up to winning this for Johnny Murtagh. Erlkonig has joined Tony Mullins after scoring twice in Germany, including on his debut, so he may be fit enough for his reappearance. Diplomat completed a double over hurdles on good ground last summer but hasn't done as well on softer going. Einsteins Folly did well as a two-year-old and looked set for a good second campaign but didn't make the expected progress.
Erlkonig (GER) (9-0) won at Hannover(GER) 1m 2f 3yo stk gd in Oct, 6 ran.
Diplomat (USA) 9-4fav (9-9) Chased leaders in 6th off pace racing freely, 5th entering straight and no impression under 2f out, no extra, 5th of 7, 13l behind The Four Elms (8-3) at Cork 1m 2f hcp sft in May.
Einsteins Folly (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden in 10th 2f out, weakened, 15th of 21, 22l behind Stuccodor (9-9) at Curragh 1m Premier Handicap (4yo+) in Mar.
Dalkova 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, checked early straight and 7th over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to go 4th close home, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Majestic Jasmine (9-2) at Leopardstown 1m 1f fll hcp gf in Aug.
Diesel Ten (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Badly hampered leaving stalls and unseated rider, in a race won by Stuccodor (9-9) at Curragh 1m Premier Handicap (4yo+) in Mar, 21 ran.