Celtic Monarch, Green Dragon and Honourable Emperor all carry penalties for recent wins. The latter had earlier finished behind Green Dragon at Tipperary so Tony Martin's charge makes most appeal of that trio. However, KING OF THE PICTS is fancied to make the most of his weight concession having been only beaten a length at Wexford on his latest start and he gets the vote ahead of Private Treasure. The latter won a bumper at Limerick in April and can figure if taking to hurdling with Welsh Nayber looking best of the rest.
Celtic Monarch (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) In touch in rear, not always fluent, closed 3 out, led last, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Cartmel 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in May beating Cape Explorer (10-12) by 7l, 5 ran.
Green Dragon (FR) 9-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inner, good headway to go 3rd 2 out and soon challenged, led last and quickened clear run-in, easily, won at Tipperary 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Jun beating Honourable Emperor (11-7) by 7l, 17 ran.
Honourable Emperor (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Soon raced in 7th at ordinary pace, closer order from 4 out, badly hampered 2 out, challenged on inner and not much room before last, soon led and ridden clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gf in Jun beating Castletimon (11-4) by 4l, 14 ran.
King of The Picts (IRE) 11-8fav (11-7) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to 2nd before last, ridden to press winner last, kept on run-in without matching winner, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Security Breach (11-7) at Wexford 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Massini's Trap (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Soon tracked leaders, 5th 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 9th of 11, 20l behind Edith Cowan (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m app hcp 47-70 in Jun (flat).
Private Treasure (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Soon tracked leaders, closed up to be on terms under 4f out, in front before straight, ridden and went for his race from 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Limerick 2m Lstd N H flat (1) gd in Apr beating Western Boy (11-2) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Real Man Of War (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Led, headed 6f out, soon weakened, virtually pulled up final furlong, 19th of 22, well behind Very Wood (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Apr.
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Led, clear briefly halfway, ridden and headed after 3 out, soon no impression on leaders, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 7, 33l behind Zabana (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo hdl gf in Jun.
Welsh Nayber 7-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and well in touch early straight, no impression on first 2 approaching last, kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 9l behind Green Dragon (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Balrath Hope (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and dropped to 5th over 2f out, moderate 6th 1f out and no extra, 8th of 10, 13l behind Fionnuar (8-2) at Down Royal 1m 2f fll hcp gs in Jun (flat).
Choisilady (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 3f out, soon no impression, 7th of 13, 24l behind Bobskier (9-5) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 47-65 fm in Jun (flat).