KNIGHTS TEMPLAR scored over the course and distance in October and, as he's only 4lb higher, he'll be difficult to beat. Badger Daly had dropped to a lowly mark before running well over slightly further here three weeks ago but has now gone back up in the weights though it will be a surprise if he's not in the firing-line. Pivotal Rock does most of his running on Polytrack and he's yet to each the frame in four starts on Turf while Crystal Harmony hasn't run since November. Busalla would be the selection if getting a run from his first reserve spot as he is one of the few with scope and ran very well in a course and distance handicap last month.
Pivotal Rock (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Chased leaders in moderate 3rd, ridden 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, strongly pressed and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, nk behind House Limit (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-70 pol in Apr.
Truly Genius (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden into 4th 3f out, no extra over 1f out, 6th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Atmospheric High (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Oct.
Badger Daly (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, went 2nd under 1f out, stayed on well close home to strongly press winner to line, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Pepparpot (9-7) at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 47-65 sft.
Furacano (IRE) 11-2 (9-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace in 3rd inside final furlong, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Esytopolishadimond (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Lift The Gloom 16-1 (9-4) Towards rear, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 12th of 14, 8l behind Eastern Rules (9-11) at Dundalk 7f hcp 50-70 pol.
Sweet Annathea (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, progress into 9th on inner 2f out, went 3rd and ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 4l behind Eastern Rules (9-11) at Dundalk 7f hcp 50-70 pol.
Wild China (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outer, ridden entering straight, 8th 2f out, weakened, 13th of 16, 18l behind Pepparpot (9-7) at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 47-65 sft.
Knights Templar (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Towards rear, headway early straight and 5th 2f out, 4th over 1f out and ridden, kept on same pace inside final furlong to go 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 8, 3l behind College Boy (9-10) at Cork 7f hcp 47-65 sft.
November Power (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden in 5th 2f out, weakened, 11th of 14, 12l behind Raydari (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Kingdomforthebride (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, weakened from 1 1/2f out, 9th of 14, 8l behind Al Mancilia (9-4) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Crystal Harmony (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Soon tracked leaders, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 4th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Mount McLeod (9-3) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Atiya (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and no extra entering straight, 13th of 14, 9l behind Khelino (9-1) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Lilly The Lioness (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Settled in moderate 2nd, ridden and headway entering straight, led under 2f out, headed under 1 1/2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Daisy Mountain (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 gd in Oct.
Painted Fingers (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division, 10th before straight, headway to chase leaders from under 2f out, no impression and kept on from over 1f out, 6th of 14, 7l behind Killena Boy (8-12) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 gd in Apr.
Rockin N Reelin (USA) 20-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression entering straight, 8th of 14, 7l behind Esytopolishadimond (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Ruhar (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 11th of 14, 12l behind Slade Power (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol in Dec '11.
Busalla (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th entering straight, 4th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Benalex Park (8-10) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 sft in Apr.
King's Bastion (IRE) 28-1 (8-12) Rear of mid-division, weakened quickly 3f out, 15th of 16, 25l behind Hurricane Sky (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 sft in Apr.
Patrickswell (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden and weakened from halfway, 17th of 18, 19l behind Above The Law (9-0) at Navan 6f hcp 47-70.