John Oxx won this last year and is triple-handed in this first division. It's impossible to dismiss any of them though the newcomer Call To Battle has a superb middle-distance pedigree and is one to watch. Aidan O'Brien had plenty of entries and relies on the stoutly-bred Noah Webster, who should do better next year, but Dermot Weld's Teofilio filly Voleuse De Coeurs should have the pace for this and is one to keep an eye on in the betting. Rigoletta will certainly come in for support as she's been showing up very well in strong company and will be difficult to keep out of the frame but it's the once-raced OPTIMIST, who caught the eye behind Imperial Monarch at the Curragh a fortnight ago, who gets the vote in an open contest.
Akeed Wafi (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Dwelt, rear of mid-division, moderate 9th halfway, some headway into 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 8l behind Learn (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Alizari (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, struggling from 2f out, kept on without threatening, 6th of 19, 11l behind Imperial Monarch (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn sft.
Armed Guard (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Soon struggling, never a factor, 14th of 19, 28l behind Imperial Monarch (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn sft.
Beat The Ballot (IRE) Big Bad Bob gelding out of Cosmic Speed Queen.
Call To Battle (IRE) King's Best colt out of Dance The Classics.
Casual Creeper (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, moderate 10th halfway, no impression straight, 7th of 15, 7l behind Daddy Long Legs (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f 2yo mdn gf in Aug.
Daigreen (IRE) King's Best gelding out of Moonbi Range.
Habesh (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of Haratila.
Jamming (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear, headway under 3f out, ridden into 5th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 8th of 14, 8l behind Forces Of Darkness (8-12) at Bellewstown 1m 2yo mdn aut gd in Aug.
Mad For Road (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Led, headed 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 15l behind Hurricane Ridge (9-0) at Killarney 1m 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Noah Webster (IRE) Galileo colt out of Matikanehanafubuki.
Optimist (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Waited with on outer towards rear, went moderate 4th and kept on without threatening from 1f out, 4th of 19, 9l behind Imperial Monarch (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn sft.
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 7th early, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2f out, 5th of 18, 8l behind Homecoming Queen (8-13) at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo hcp 50-80.
Hazelivius (IRE) Titus Livius filly out of Elite Hope.
Rigoletta (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Soon led, headed 1f out, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 20, 3l behind Madhmoonah (9-0) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll mdn sft.
Voleuse De Coeurs (IRE) Teofilo filly out of Vadorga.
Aaronkayzo (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Never a factor, 13th of 15, 11l behind Pierre D'or (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Go On Murt (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Soon mid-division, 8th approaching straight, soon no impression, 7th of 10, 12l behind March On Rome (9-0) at Limerick 7f 2yo mdn gd in Jun.