Jessica Marcialis has won this for the past two years including on Beau Michael a year ago but is absent here and Liz Lalor takes the ride this time around. Her mount hasn't won since but is 7lb lower so has to be considered to complete the double. These races are usually run at a good gallop which should suit Alice Mills and her partner Wither Hills, who scored over 2m at Dundalk in March. ZEFTAN won the Ladies Derby here last month and though below that form at Navan last weekend he's only 2lb higher and should prove good enough to get back to winning ways. Blue Ridge Lane has been in very good form recently and, as this is his trip, he will be difficult to keep out of the frame.
Zeftan (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along and no impression in rear 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 9, 10l behind Strandfield Lady (9-8) at Navan 1m 5f hcap fm.
Wither Hills (IRE) 4-1 (9-10) Settled in 7th off pace, closer after halfway and progress early straight to lead 2f out, ridden to assert over 1f out, under pressure and kept on one pace inside final furlong, held on well, won at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol in Mar beating Cape Glory (9-2) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Towards rear, improved into 3rd under 3f out and soon ridden, took closer order from 2f out, kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Rayna (8-13) at Leopardstown 1m 4f App hcp sft.
Beau Michael 20-1 (10-0) Pushed along to soon lead, headed after 3f, soon under pressure, 2nd into straight, no impression from over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 3l behind Teochrios (9-4) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gf in Jun.
Well Hello (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Hampered on rail early and towards rear, progress into 7th 5f out, ridden and no extra 4f out, weakened, eased under 2f out, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Ariahey (8-5) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gd.
Gumption (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, in rear, ridden entering straight, kept on one paced from 1 1/2f out, 5th of 8, 6l behind Ashjar (9-7) at Roscommon 1m 2f mdn stks gd.
Balmont Flyer (IRE) 9-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd before straight, no impression from 2f out, lost place from over 1f out, eased inside final furlong, 11th of 13, 15l behind Irish Reel (8-7) at Roscommon 1m 2f hcp 50-75 in Jun.