This hasn't proved much of a classic trial in recent years though Dermot Weld has won it twice with the classy pair Grey Swallow and Famous Name. He runs Go For Goal this time and he has a fitness advantage having carried a big weight with distinction in a handicap at the Curragh last week. Ebanoran is out of an Irish Oaks winner so did well to score over 7f on his debut at the Curragh in October. Shining Emerald is undoubtedly the pick of those who have run having completed a double then finished a close third to the Ballydoyle pair Craftsman and Michaelmas in a Group 3 here in October. The latter's yard is represented by Buonarroti, a very easy maiden winner at Tipperary before attempting to make all in the Racing Post Trophy, and INDIAN MAHARAJA, who was put away for the season after completing a double in a Listed race at Tipperary. The latter is an exciting prospect and looks the one to be on.
All Set To Go (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders and pushed along in 6th entering straight, no impression on leaders from 2f out and went moderate 4th early final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Craftsman (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Buonarroti (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and quickened over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 8l behind Kingston Hill (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2yo Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Davids Park 14-1 (9-3) Dwelt and slowly into stride, pushed along and no impression in rear entering straight, went moderate 6th early final furlong and kept on under pressure, 6th of 7, 7l behind Craftsman (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Ebanoran (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Keen early and raced in mid-division, headway to go 3rd halfway, led over 1f out and strongly pressed final 100 yards, kept on under pressure and held on well, won at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn gd in Oct beating Table Rock (9-5) by hd, 14 ran.
Go For Goal (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Prominent, ridden in 2nd 2f out, kept on well in 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Fly To The Moon (9-2) at Curragh 7f 3yo ext hcp.
Highly Toxic (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 7th approaching straight, no impression 2f out, 8th of 15, 16l behind Buonarroti (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 1f 2yo mdn in Oct.
Indian Maharaja (IRE) 3-10fav (9-3) Settled behind leaders in 4th early, 3rd 4f out, ridden to close 1 1/2f out, led 1f out, asserted final furlong, comfortably, won at Tipperary 7f 2yo lst stk (1) in Aug beating Ceisteach (8-12) by 3l, 6 ran.
Quadrivium (USA) 15-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 4th travelling smoothly approaching straight, challenged in 3rd 2f out, on terms 1f out, gained narrow lead and stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol in Dec beating Vector Force (9-2) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Shining Emerald 4-5fav (9-3) Tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along 2f out and no impression on winner 1f out, kept on under pressure, dropped to 3rd near line, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Craftsman (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct.
Stirabout (USA) 9-2 (9-5) Raced in 3rd throughout, ridden early straight and kept on well inside final 100 yards to close on first 2, last of 3, 1/2l behind Geoffrey Chaucer (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo mdn gf in Jul.