Dermot Weld won this last year with Hidden Universe so his Waaheb, who is out of a 1m2f Listed winner, will attract support. Charlie Swan's Rodriguez is related to three winners on the Flat and should certainly have enough pace for this but Eddie Hales has won this three times in recent years and can repeat the process with ANNUS MAXIMUS. The son of Black Sam Bellamy is from a good Flat family in Germany and his trainer, who had a rare handicap winner at Punchestown on New Year's Eve, is given the vote in a race where the market should prove the best guide.
Annus Maximus (GER) Black Sam Bellamy gelding out of Anna Bianca.
Baile Fearainn (IRE) Hawk Wing gelding out of Venetian Pearl.
Billy Congo (IRE) Zagreb gelding out of Delicate Child.
Crystal Swing Trade Fair gelding out of Due West.
River Slaney (IRE) Classic Cliche gelding out of Hadaani.
Rodriguez (IRE) High Chaparral gelding out of Sofia Aurora.
Tara's Boy (IRE) Namid gelding out of Talahari.
Toca Deed (IRE) Kadeed gelding out of Toca Noca Lass.
Waaheb (USA) Elusive Quality gelding out of Nafisah.
Gopauludski (IRE) Pilsudski filly out of Newrath Belle.
Kauto Mill Rose (FR) Bonbon Rose filly out of Kauto D'ebene.