With the exception of Cillian's Return, who showed promise in two runs at Leopardstown earlier this year, those with bumper form look moderate so this can be fought out by two two point-to-point winners Sucker Punch and BLACK HERCULES. The former, who cost connections £105,000 after comfortably scoring between the flags at Lisronagh in March, looks more of a chasing type than his rival, who was very impressive when defying a last-fence error to score easily at Dromohane in April and can make a successful debut for the champion trainer.
A Pint Ahead (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Mid division, 3rd halfway, 5th when fell 4 out, in a race won by Uppertown Cave (11-9) at Loughrea 3m ire ptp gf in Oct, 7 ran.
Black Hercules (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs, 2nd from 5th, chall ldr 3out, ld aftr 3out, 2l adv when mstk last, row, easily, won at Dromahane 3m ire ptp sft in Apr beating Are You Listening (11-7) by 6l, 14 ran.
Cappacurry Zak (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Mid div best, wknd 5out, pu 4out, in a race won by Voyage A New York (11-7) at Laurencetown 3m ire ptp sft in May, 13 ran.
Captain Blonde (IRE) Captain Rio gelding out of Faithfulbond.
Cillian's Return (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up, 8th halfway, headway into 5th approaching straight, soon ridden and 4th early straight, 3rd under pressure inside final furlong but no impression on first 2, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Shield (10-12) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo nhf gs in Mar.
Drive The Bus (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Disputed early and tracked leader in 2nd, led briefly approaching straight, soon headed and dropped to 5th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind Lieutenant Colonel (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf in Nov.
Flame And Flower (IRE) Scorpion gelding out of Gilt Benefit.
Lean Araig (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Glens Music.
Princely Conn (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, 3rd entering straight, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no impression final furlong, 9th of 17, 11l behind On Blueberry Hill (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m nhf in Apr.
Sucker Punch (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Mid div, slt prog to cl 3rd 5th, 1l 2nd 4out, jnd ldr 3out, qcknd 4l clr last, cosily, won at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp sft in Mar beating Andy Kelly (10-11) by 4l, 12 ran.
Therealmick (IRE) Gamut gelding out of Verlinden.
My Dancing Angel (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) In rear when slow 1st, attempted to refuse next and unseated rider, in a race won by Catimini (11-0) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl gd in Nov, 9 ran.