Aidan O'Brien has farmed this race in the last 10 years winning it seven times and RAPHAEL SANTI looks like adding his name to the list. He was doing his best work at the finish when grabbing second place over 6f at Leopardstown three weeks ago and can go one better over today's extra furlong. An entry in the Phoenix Stakes suggests the Teofilo colt Alnaahee has been showing something at home, while Blue White Fire doesn't hold any fancy entries, but his half-brother won on his debut for Dermot Weld. Makalali, Feng Su and Lonrach are all worth noting for the future.
Alnaahee (IRE) Teofilo colt out of Redstone Dancer.
Blue White Fire (IRE) Montjeu colt out of Desert Ease.
Echo Knight (IRE) Echo Of Light colt out of Saoodah.
Feng Su (IRE) Antonius Pius colt out of Gift Of Grace.
Makalali (IRE) Kodiac colt out of Hawattef.
Raphael Santi (IRE) 5-6fav (9-3) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along into 3rd 2f out, kept on inside final furlong to 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Parish Hall (9-3) at Leopardstown 6f 2yo mdn gf in Apr.
Artic Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Dwelt, always towards rear, never a factor, 8th of 9, 24l behind Tough As Nails (9-3) at Tipperary 5f 2yo mdn sft in Apr.
Lonrach (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor filly out of Luminous One.