Zeftan had been beaten out of sight in two runs over hurdles in February but was well supported at Dundalk last month and almost snatched victory. He just appeared to find a mile too short on Polytrack but today's conditions should be a help. King Of Oriel, who won a handicap at Gowran over 1m1f in September, has also scored over timber subsequently so could provide a threat along with Little Arrows, who bounced back to winning ways at Dundalk and is just as at home on Turf. THE BLACK DEVIL is a decent enough performer at this level and ran very well the last twice he raced on Turf here and at the Curragh. Colin Keane's claim is a major bonus and his mount looks set to add this to his tally.
Willowing (USA) 7-1 (9-3) Soon in rear, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 23l behind Soryah (9-1) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jul.
Jpevie (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, 9th of 13, 7l behind Senyuman (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol in Jan.
Money Spider (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Always towards rear, ridden entering straight and soon no extra, last of 9, 15l behind Flawless Filly (8-11) at Clonmel 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gd in Sep.
Zeftan (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Settled in rear, switched right under 2f out and progress to go 3rd 1f out, under pressure and kept on inside final furlong, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, nk behind Revolution (9-2) at Dundalk 1m app hcp pol in Mar.
Amber Romance (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased clear leader and 5th halfway, ridden entering straight and went 3rd briefly under 2f out, no extra from 1f out, weakened, 7th of 15, 11l behind Dame Lucy (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo fll stks gd in Oct.
Bumble Bee Slim 14-1 (8-2) Prominent, improved to lead briefly and ridden over 2f out, headed 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 9l behind Pivot Bridge (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.
King Of Oriel (IRE) 11-2 (9-13) Towards rear, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 10th of 14, 9l behind Gun Shoot (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Little Arrows (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Made most, ridden and joined over 2f out, strongly pressed final furlong, stayed on well to regain narrow lead close home, won at Dundalk 1m 3f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Mar beating Sharjah (9-5) by hd, 7 ran.
Newberry Hill (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Mid-division and 7th halfway, ridden early straight and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 5l behind Fastidious (9-6) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb.
Queen Of Alba (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, moderate 5th 2f out, weakened, last of 9, 21l behind Deep Speed (9-0) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Jan.
The Black Devil (IRE) 3-1fav (10-0) Pushed along to soon lead, ridden early straight and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 3l behind Revolution (9-2) at Dundalk 1m app hcp pol in Mar.