Handicaps don't come much trickier than this and it's hardly surprising that just one favourite has won in the past nine years. Three-year-olds have an excellent record and THE GREY REBEL can enhance the statistics. David Marnane's grey is progressing at a rate of knots and followed a maiden success at Cork with a handicap victory over the minimum trip at Dundalk. He needs to improve again against older sprinters but can do so here. Maundy Money bounced back to form with a cracking victory at Listowel but that was over an extra furlong and a 5lbs rise makes life difficult. Miss Eze and Pencil Hill were both behind that day but have a chance to reverse the form on these terms over the shorter trip. Good To Follow hasn't had much racing and came with a late rattle to score over 5f here when last year's winner Toufan Express was staying on well suggesting he is primed for a repeat.
Rock Of Rochelle (USA) 8-1 (8-11) 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Walero (8-11) at Baden-Baden(GER) 7f Grp 3 sft in Oct.
Maundy Money 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, 5th and progress into straight, ridden to challenge in 2nd from over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near line, won at Listowel 7f hcap gd beating Picture Perfect (9-5) by shd, 11 ran.
Philario (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, soon weakened, eased final furlong, 14th of 23, 12l behind Ballivor (8-11) at Curragh 1m hcp 60-100 sft.
Bay Knight (IRE) 28-1 (9-5) Towards rear far side, headway 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 22, 2 1/4l behind Poet's Place (9-4) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gd.
Zorija Rose (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Close up to halfway, soon weakened, eased final furlong, last of 10, 16l behind Bewitched (8-12) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Rain Rush (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Steadied start and switched left, pulled hard towards rear, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 5th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Tiger Reigns (9-5) at Ayr 1m hcp 105 (2) gd.
Douze Points (IRE) 14-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, not clear run entering straight, 9th and headway when checked 1f out, ran on strongly, nearest at finish, 3rd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Hujaylea (8-8) at Leopardstown 7f hcap gf.
Nanotech (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden halfway, soon no extra, last of 11, 10l behind Pencil Hill (9-4) at Curragh 6f hcap in Aug.
Toufan Express 12-1 (9-12) Towards rear on outer, ridden over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 6th of 15, 4l behind Good To Follow (8-13) at Curragh 5f hcp.
Pencil Hill (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th into straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from under 2f out, 6th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Maundy Money (9-3) at Listowel 7f hcap gd.
Zaralanta (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) Held up early, progress on far side after halfway, 4th 2f out, soon ridden and no impression, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 23, 4 1/2l behind Ballivor (8-11) at Curragh 1m hcp 60-100 sft.
Dawn Eclipse (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Prominent, 4th halfway, lost place 1 1/2f out, no extra when eased final furlong, 12th of 15, 7l behind Good To Follow (8-13) at Curragh 5f hcp.
Cheviot (USA) 11-2 (9-2) Led, kicked on over 2f out, soon ridden, hanging left over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, eased close home, 5th of 9, 4l behind Hajoum (9-2) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in May.
Miss Eze 3-1fav (8-12) Raced in 4th, dropped to 5th and no impression under pressure from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Maundy Money (9-3) at Listowel 7f hcap gd.
Solent Ridge (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Mid-division on outer, 9th and ridden to keep in touch under 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong without reaching leaders, 4th of 15, 1 3/4l behind Speed Dream (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp 50-85 gf in Aug.
Tellelle (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on to 2nd 1f out, no extra inside final furlong and kept on, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Bajan Tryst (9-1) at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Aug.
Good To Follow (IRE) 10-3fav (8-13) Tracked leaders on stand's rail, 5th halfway, improved into 2nd 1f out, soon challenged, led 100 yards from finish, ran on well, won at Curragh 5f hcp beating Blue Dahlia (9-0) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Just For Mary 14-1 (9-0) Towards rear, progress under 2f out, 6th entering final furlong, kept on well, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Good To Follow (8-13) at Curragh 5f hcp.
The Grey Rebel (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Tracked leaders, 4th 2f out, edged right to challenge between horses over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong to lead close home, won at Dundalk 5f hcp 60-90 pol beating Flash McGahon (9-4) by nk, 14 ran.
Cosmic Breeze (IRE) 6-1 (10-1) Always prominent, 3rd on far side 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, kept on well under pressure to lead well inside final furlong, held on closing strides, won at Laytown 7f clm stks beating Full Title (10-11) by shd, 10 ran.
Thats A Fret (IRE) 11-1 (9-11) Prominent, ridden in 2nd entering straight, lead briefly 1 1/2f out, headed and kept on same pace from 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Sean Og Coulston (9-13) at Listowel 6f hcp 50-80.
Queenie Keen (IRE) 11-4fav (9-5) Disputed lead, keen early, led entering straight, ridden and quickened clear over 1f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Listowel 6f 3yo hcp 47-70 beating Sassaway (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
My Girl Anna (IRE) 8-11fav (8-12) Made all, ridden over 1f out, held on towards finish, won at Kempton 6f mdn fll (5) pol beating Wallis (8-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Gandolfini (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Mid-division on inner, ridden and weakened from 3f out, 10th of 14, 14l behind Sean Og Coulston (9-13) at Listowel 6f hcp 50-80.
Johnstown Lad (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) In rear, moerate 13th 3f out, soon ridden, progress on outer straight, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 14, 5l behind Sean Og Coulston (9-13) at Listowel 6f hcp 50-80.
Doorock (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Led, strongly pressed straight, headed under 1 1/2f out, edged right when weakening inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 13l behind Foxillian (9-4) at Roscommon 7f stks gf.