Shield and Egyptian Warrior made their debuts for Aidan O'Brien at Punchestown last month and though both ran respectably they will need much more in this better race. Ange Balafre finished runner-up in the same contest and should come out on top again while Cillian's Return made a reasonable start in what looked a decent bumper won by the Cheltenham fancy Le Vent D'Antan on this track in January. GRECIAN TIGER has a penalty for his victory at Naas where he started odds-on. He probably had a bit more in the locker despite eventually scrambling home and with the quicker ground certain to help he's handed the vote to remain unbeaten.
Grecian Tiger (IRE) 8-15fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd travelling well 2 1/2f out, led 1 1/2f out, soon ridden clear, idled and reduced advantage inside final furlong, strongly pressed close home, won at Naas 2m 4yo nhf in Jan beating Totally Dominant (11-0) by 1l, 11 ran.
Ange Balafre (FR) 3-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 3f out, ridden to lead under 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Yes Sir Brian (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb.
Byryan 8-1 (10-11) Twrds rr, nvr a fctr, pu last, in a race won by Vedettariat (11-7) at Belharbour 2m ire ptp sft in Feb, 7 ran.
Cillian's Return (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Towards rear, progress from 3f out, ridden in 5th entering straight, disputed 3rd final furlong, dropped to 4th close home, 4th of 14, 10l behind Le Vent D'antan (11-4) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Jan.
Dawerann (IRE) 11-2 (10-7) Mid-division, 11th halfway, 7th entering straight and 6th at last, kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 7l behind Carhue (11-4) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Feb.
Egyptian Warrior (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden into 5th and no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 7l behind Yes Sir Brian (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb.
Incriminate Selkirk gelding out of Prove.
Maximum Feat (IRE) Fruits Of Love gelding out of Sheilas Joy.
Shield (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, under pressure in 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Yes Sir Brian (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Feb.
Three Guys Kris Kin gelding out of Annaghbrack.
Here To Win Witness Box filly out of Strike Alliance.