Dandy Nicholls loves his trips to Ireland and Inxile, who won this in 2011, has a good record in the country though a penalty for his Listed victory at Tipperary gives him plenty to do against another UK raider, SWITCHER, who represents David O'Meara. She ended the campaign with a close second to Intense Pink in an Ascot Listed contest when trained by Tom Dascombe and went for 52,000gns at the Sales in December. The very progressive Srucahan opened this campaign with a fine victory in a Curragh handicap last Sunday and deserves a crack at this level while few made more improvement last season than Cape Of Approval, who completed a hat-trick in a tough Curragh handicap in September. An Saighdiur won the Paddy Power Sprint at the Curragh with a low weight and has his first start in a Listed contest.
Inxile (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) 6th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Dux Scholar (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 5f hcp gd in Feb.
An Saighdiur (IRE) 9-4fav (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden in 7th 2f out, kept on final furlong, 5th of 8, 1l behind All Ablaze (8-5) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway under 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on final furlong to 3rd close home, 3rd of 20, 4l behind Sweet Lightning (9-8) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) hvy.
Cape Of Approval (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Towards rear, good headway on outer to challenge 1f out and soon led, ridden and edged left inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, won at Curragh 5f hcp in Sep beating First In Command (8-11) by nk, 13 ran.
Red Dubawi (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) 12th of 16, 7l behind Shea Shea (9-4) at Meydan(UAE) 5f Listed stks (1) gd.
Srucahan (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 3rd 1 1/2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, soon led, kept on strongly closing stages, won at Curragh 6f ext hcp hvy beating Joe Eile (9-7) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Kateeva (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Close up, still 2nd over 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12 Storm Lightning (9-1) at Navan 5f App hcp hvy in Oct.
Switcher (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Led, hung left under pressure over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, soon rallied, no extra close home, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Intense Pink (8-11) at Ascot 7f fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.