The form pick has to be NOTABLE GRADUATE, who gained many admirers with a fine effort behind Tiz The Shot at Leopardstown in October. A subsequent Listed success for the winner suggests this Irish 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby entry will take some beating here. Puzzled made a promising start at Leopardstown last October but couldn't get involved after a tardy start on her return there last week. She can do better but the biggest threats will probably emerge from one of the newcomers. Marksmanship is engaged in the Dante Stakes and the son of Galileo is worth noting as is the Rock Of Gibraltar colt Irish Review, who makes a belated debut. Zanughan has an Epsom entry and his middle-distance pedigree suggests he should be up to this on his debut before tackling further.
Akasaka (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Chased leaders on stand side, kept on from over 1f out, 9th of 27, 7l behind Sing Softly (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn stks sft in Mar.
Illicit Encounter (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Forced way out of stalls, briefly loose, led early, prominent, 5th before straight, soon no extra, 9th of 10, 20l behind Sublime Talent (9-7) at Limerick 1m 3f mdn stks in Apr '10.
Irish Review (IRE) Rock Of Gibraltar colt out of Aretha.
Marching Orders (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd entering straight, soon weakened, 10th of 13, 32l behind Unity (8-13) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Jun.
Sky Pilot (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 4f out, ridden to lead 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra when hampered inside final furlong, kept on same pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Rebel Fitz (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Apple Blossom Time (IRE) Invincible Spirit filly out of Strina.
It's Freezing (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Chased leadsers far side, ridden and outpaced 3f out, weakened final furlong, 19th of 27, 16l behind Fury (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) sft in Oct.
Marksmanship (IRE) Galileo colt out of Maroochydore.
Notable Graduate (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd early straight, 2nd and challenged inside final furlong, kept on well, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind Tiz The Shot (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo mdn gf in Oct.
Parkers Mill (IRE) High Chaparral colt out of Celtic Wing.
Revolutionary Road 33-1 (9-5) In rear, some headway after halfway, moderate 12th over 2f out, kept on one pace without threatening, 7th of 19, 15l behind Sapphire (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo mdn sft in Mar.
Takapour (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, kept on without threatening under pressure from 3f out, 7th of 17, 13l behind Recital (9-3) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn gd in Oct.
The Resistance (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 9th of 13, 14l behind Gleadhradh (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn auc stks pol in Mar.
Two Shots (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Always behind, last of 13, 44l behind Banksters Bonus (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn in Oct.
Zanughan (IRE) Azamour colt out of Zanara.
Brown Butterfly 11-2 (8-12) Prominent on inner, 4th halfway, ridden to go 3rd under 2f out, soon no impression, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 4l behind Imperial Rome (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov.
Crystal Highness (IRE) 28-1 (8-12) Rear of mid-division, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace straight, 10th of 17, 18l behind Recital (9-3) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn gd in Oct.
Goldplated (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Never a factor, 16th of 19, 27l behind Sapphire (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo mdn sft in Mar.
Puzzled (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Reluctant to enter stalls, slowly into stride and towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 12, 7l behind Mesariya (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo fll mdn in Mar.