ZIHBA won this last year before racing at Group level. He made a very promising reappearance in a Listed contest here and looks primed for another big run. Hazapour won the Derby Trial here a year ago before a fair run at Epsom. He was having his first start since July when well beaten at Naas and will need to do better. Psychedelic Funk seems best over a mile with some give in the ground and is rarely beaten far at this level and though Verbal Dexterity didn't match his brilliant juvenile form in his second campaign he was mixing it with the best for most of the season. Dunkirk Harbour's easy victory in a Dundalk maiden marked him out as one to follow but dual winner Zuenoon only ran moderately in a Naas handicap on his return to action.
Hazapour (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, soon raced in 6th, 5th from halfway, pushed along over 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 8, 10 1/2l behind Magical (9-5) at Naas 1m 2f Grp 3 stks (1) Good - Yielding in Apr.
Psychedelic Funk 2-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to dispute over 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, headed 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Drombeg Dream (9-4) at Tipperary 7f Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Verbal Dexterity (IRE) 11-8fav (9-5) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no extra final 150 yards, 5th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Imaging (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m lst stks (1) Good - Yielding in Apr.
Zihba (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along under 2f out, ridden over 1f out and 2nd 150 yards out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Imaging (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m lst stks (1) Good - Yielding in Apr.
Dunkirk Harbour (USA) 8-13fav (9-5) Soon raced in 3rd, closed travelling smoothly straight, led over 1f out, quickly asserted, stayed on well, easily, won at Dundalk 1m mdn pol in Apr beating Queen Guanhumara (9-0) by 6 1/2l, 8 ran.
Zuenoon (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, took keen hold in rear, no impression from 2f out, never a factor, 11th of 15, 8 1/2l behind I Am Superman (9-3) at Naas 1m hcp Good - Yielding in Apr.