tracked leaders, 3rd early, 4th approaching straight, pushed along under 2f out, 3rd again from over 1f out, challenged between horses inside final furlong, stayed on well to lead from 50yds out
Bubbly Bellini scored over 6f at the Curragh last month but has proved best over that distance so far so Bold Thady Quill is preferred over today's trip, even though he hasn't won since 2013. The latter's stablemate STRAIT OF ZANZIBAR (NAP) makes more appeal, however, given he won off a higher mark at Naas last term and went close at Dundalk on his latest start. That form looks stronger form than Nini Ok's recent win at the same track but both Booker and Trinity Force are lightly-raced types expected to do better this season.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Hood came off late in stalls and missed break, raced detached in rear, closer from 3f out, ridden and switched to outer from over 2f out, 4th 1f out and kept on well into 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Great Minds (9-7) at Cork 6f Listed stks (1) sft.
Bubbly Bellini (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Chased leaders on outer and prominent, 3rd halfway, challenged 2f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Curragh 6f hcp hvy in Mar beating Master Speaker (8-10) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Trinity Force (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, under pressure in 6th 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 8th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Captain Joy (10-0) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Oct.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 5-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden under 2f out, under pressure and bumped rival inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, nk behind Togoville (9-5) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Mar.
Kings Ryker (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and in rear, ridden entering straight, some progress into 10th 1f out, no extra, 9th of 19, 7l behind Unsinkable (8-3) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp in Oct.
Hi Emperor (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along briefly halfway, last over 3f out, headway to challenge 1f out, soon no impression, one pace,, 9th of 16, 6l behind Elusive Time (9-11) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Sep.
Booker 18-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no impression in 6th 1f out, no extra, 6th of 8, 7l behind Big Break (9-2) at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 (1) gd in Oct.
Nini Ok (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, progress straight and ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, under pressure and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan beating Stoichkhov (8-6) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.