Noel Meade and Willie Mullins have won the previous two renewals and can fight out the finish here. The former saddles NED BUNTLINE, who made the well regarded Jezki pull out all the stops on his racecourse debut at Leopardstown in January and it will take a smart performance to lower his colours. Mullins runs the newcomer City Slicker, who is owned by Mrs John Magnier and cost a tidy sum. He'll know his job and could be anything while Gabriel Brandy is another newcomer to keep an eye on. King William and Milan Bound have both shown enough to suggest they can get competitive in a race that should produce winners.
Aquafortis (IRE) Chevalier gelding out of Maid Of Honour.
Asitsohappens (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, some mistakes, ridden in 6th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 12l behind Knocklong (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in May.
Asockastar (IRE) Milan gelding out of Baie Barbara.
City Slicker (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Donna's Princess.
Gabriel Brandy (IRE) Urban Ocean gelding out of Right Style.
Glazier (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Towards rear, some headway 3 out and 5th entering straight, soon no extra and weakened, 8th of 12, well behind Jezki (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Hawaii Five Nil (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 8th before straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 13, 9l behind Stolberg (11-0) at Listowel 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Sep.
Hero De Villeneuve (FR) Limnos gelding out of The Last Dream.
King William (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Waited with at slow pace, 4th straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on, last of 5, 2 3/4l behind Somethingwonderful (10-10) at Galway 2m 4yo nhf sft in Oct.
Milan Bound (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Waited with at slow pace, no impression under pressure straight, kept on final furlong, 4th of 5, 2 1/2l behind Somethingwonderful (10-10) at Galway 2m 4yo nhf sft in Oct.
Ned Buntline 7-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden entering straight, led 1 1/2f out, challenged inside final furlong, headed close home and no extra, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Jezki (11-2) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf in Jan.
Marysaysshoot (IRE) Royal Anthem filly out of Be My Rainbow.