Gra Geal Mo Chroi won this in 2011 and Mighty Whitey scored a year ago but neither is expected to follow up as AUDEN looks to have been put in with a fair claiming weight. A winner at Newmarket for Godolphin last year, he ran a fine race in a tough Cork handicap on Sunday behind Morning With Ivan and will find this less taxing. Headford Lady completed a double in 2010 but hasn't won since. She's competed at a much higher level and looks the obvious threat. Valley Queen scored at Windsor for Mark Usher last year and has been put in with a realistic weight.
Headford Lady (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Rear of mid-division, 9th entering straight but no impression under 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Love And Cherish (9-3) at Naas 1m 2f fll hcp 50-80 gf.
Auden (USA) 16-1 (8-8) Soon led, ridden and headed over 2f out, under pressure in 4th 2f out, kept on to 3rd 1f out, no impression leaders final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Morning With Ivan (9-1) at Cork 1m 1f hcp sft.
Gumption (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, 3rd before straight, no extra in 4th from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 8l behind To Choose (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 2f hcp 50-75 gf.
Via Del Corso 14-1 (8-9) Prominent on outer, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened 3f out, 10th of 11, 31l behind To The Sky (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f app hcp 50-70 in Sep.
Badger Or Bust (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Soon mid-division, 12th before halfway, kept on same pace under pressure from over 2f out, 9th of 16, 11l behind Beau Michael (9-11) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) gf in May '12.
Trikirk (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th 3f out, ridden 2f out, no extra in 7th 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 13, 16l behind Rock Medley (9-7) at Listowel 1m 4f hcp 60-90 in Sep '10.
Gra Geal Mo Chroi (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Niggled along from early, towards rear, no impression and kept on from 2f out, 6th of 10, 15l behind College Boy (9-12) at Killarney 1m hcp 47-65 hvy in May.
Valley Queen 16-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, pushed along and no impression 3f out, weakened 2f out, 9th of 10, 19l behind Danzerini (9-8) at Navan 1m hcp 50-80 gf.
Firethorn (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Soon prominent, lost place under pressure from halfway, soon weakened, 20th of 21, 29l behind Saratoga Baby (8-12) at Curragh 1m hcp 50-80 gf in May.
Mighty Whitey (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Dwelt towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never a factor, 5th of 7, 17l behind Maslak (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4f sll hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Feb.