INIS MEAIN looks the one to be on as he goes from strength-to-strength and followed his hurdles victory in February with a very impressive Listed success over Tarana at the Curragh a couple of weeks ago with Parish Hall in third. The runner-up was having only her third start and should get closer but Parish Hall appeared to have had every chance and didn't quicken as expected. Sir Ector landed a 1m6f Premier handicap at Leopardstown in November and had a recent run over hurdles so this trip looks on the short side but El Salvador showed his liking for heavy ground when beating Cosmic Cannonball in a three-horse race here though appears to act on any ground and has to be a threat. Drifting Mist didn't perform badly at this level on her final start last season but has a bit more to find.
Parish Hall (IRE) 15-8fav (9-10) Dwelt, raced in 5th, under pressure towards rear over 2f out, soon no impression, 4th over 1f out, soon 3rd and kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Inis Meain (9-8) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1).
Inis Meain (USA) 8-1 (9-8) Made all, pushed along from 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon asserted, stayed on well, won at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1) beating Tarana (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Ebazziyr (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, jumped right 2nd and 3rd, not fluent 4 out, dropped to moderate 6th and no extra 2 out, 6th of 8, well behind Double Irish (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
El Salvador (IRE) 11-4 (9-10) Led at steady pace, headed before halfway, progress to lead again over 2f out, ridden over 1f out and kept on well final 100 yards, won at Limerick 1m 4f stks hvy beating Cosmic Cannonball (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.
Sir Ector (USA) 14-1 (9-7) Chased leader and 7th halfway, headway between horses to go 2nd early straight, led over 1f out and kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp sft in Nov beating Quick Jack (8-4) by 1/2l, 18 ran.
Storm Away (IRE) 7-2 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 7th 3f out, moderate 6th 2f out, no impression, 6th of 17, 26l behind Sardinia (9-5) at Navan 2m mdn stks in Oct.
Valbucca (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Soon mid-division on inner, ridden to chase leaders from over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 11th of 12, 6l behind General Brook (8-9) at Cork 1m 2f hcp.
Drifting Mist 11-2 (8-9) Chased leader in 2nd, pushed along 3f out, ridden to lead 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Heirloom (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Tarana (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden 3f out, chased winner and no impression final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Inis Meain (9-8) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1).