Dermot Weld won this a year ago with the well-backed Hidden Universe and Show Court looks to have been laid out for the race by the master planner though he wasn't particularly impressive when beaten at odds-on last time. BONDAGE has been going great guns over hurdles and has gone up a massive 20lb after winning at Perth and Cheltenham. If he transfers that progress to the Flat he looks very well handicapped and can continue his winning ways. Face Value and The Four Elms fought out the finish of a Navan handicap last month and the pair should be competitive from the bottom of the weights while the progressive Call Me Bubbles will have his admirers after just failing to complete a hat-trick over 1m6f where he made the useful I Have A Dream pull out the stops. Ralph Beckett sends Albert Bridge from the UK and the lightly-raced grey didn't run at all badly in the Cesarewitch after scoring at Ayr.
Shu Lewis (IRE) 6-4fav (9-4) Always prominent, 3rd and ridden over 3f out, improved to lead 2f out, stayed on well to draw clear final furlong, eased close home, won at Gowran Park 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Oct beating Clara Bel La (9-4) by 4 1/2l, 16 ran.
Clare Glen (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Mid-division, no impression straight, 13th of 16, 14l behind Sure Reef (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Bondage (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, weakened straight, 12th of 14, 17l behind Zaralabad (8-12) at Killarney 1m 6f hcp gd in Aug '11.
Albert Bridge 20-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, driven and effort over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression final furlong, 7th of 34, 15l behind Aaim To Prosper (9-10) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Cry For The Moon (USA) 8-1 (11-1) Waited with, progress to chase leaders approaching straight, kept on without troubling winner final furlong, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Go Native (11-0) at Galway 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) sft in Oct.
Admiral Barry (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Soon mid-division, moderate 9th after halfway, closed straight, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 8th of 16, 6l behind Sure Reef (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Show Court (IRE) 8-13fav (9-5) 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Macbeth (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 4f stks in Sep.
Beau Michael 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, closed and on terms 2f out, no extra from 1f out, 7th of 16, 5l behind Sure Reef (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Double Double (FR) 20-1 (9-0) Held up, headway 4f out, 8th entering straight, 4th and challenged 2f out, no extra final furlong, eased close home, 7th of 27, 20l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-1) at Curragh 2m hcp hvy in Oct.
Tantalising (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway 6f out, led under 5f out, ridden and edged clear early straight, headed over 1f out, soon no extra, 4th of 27, 12l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-1) at Curragh 2m hcp hvy in Oct.
Giant's Quest (AUS) 12-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to narrow lead 3f out, ridden over 2f out, challenged 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 4l behind Blue Cannon (7-13) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp in Sep.
Call Me Bubbles (FR) 9-2fav (8-3) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden to challenge 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 14, nk behind I Have A Dream (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Citizenship 14-1 (8-9) Waited with well off pace towards rear, closed straight, no impression and kept on from over 1f out, 5th of 16, 4l behind Sure Reef (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Deutschland (USA) 5-1fav (9-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, 8th 2f out, stayed on to 4th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Blue Cannon (7-13) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp in Sep.
The Four Elms (IRE) 9-4fav (8-12) Prominent in chasing group, mainly moderate 3rd, closed travelling well to lead over 2f out, strongly pressed final furlong and headed closing stages, 2nd of 8 Face Value (8-4) at Navan 1m 5f hcp 60-90 hvy in Oct.
Dibella (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 14th of 19, 31l behind Midnight Music (11-1) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 gd in Jul.
Leroy Parker (IRE) 7-1 (7-13) Tracked leaders, ridden in moderate 3rd 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, kept on without threatening winner, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Offer (10-0) at Naas 1m 4f hcp hvy in Oct.
Face Value 10-1 (8-4) Soon close up and disputed lead and clear of remainder, headed over 2f out, stayed on best final furlong to regain marginal lead closing stages, won at Navan 1m 5f hcp 60-90 hvy in Oct, 8 ran.
Lough Ferrib (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Rear of mid-division, progress 5f out, 4th early straight, soon ridden, kept on under pressure from over 1f out, 3rd of 27, 10l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-1) at Curragh 2m hcp hvy in Oct.