The majority of winners have been drawn low but Sand N Sea did manage to score from stall 23 in 2004, the same berth as Miracle Cure has here. Jim Bolger has won this three times in recent years and his consistent colt should give a good account. After three victories at Dundalk, Captain Joy found the step-up to Listed class beyond him and this is more like his grade but it's Willie McCreery who looks to have the answer with his two entries Barack and FIESOLANA. The former generally performs at a higher level and will be better for his recent reappearance but it's the latter who is entitled to the verdict as she produced a cracking effort at Tipperary last time on her first start for new connections since arriving from France where she won three times.
Brendan Brackan (IRE) 7-4fav (9-7) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in moderate 2nd 2f out, weakened, 6th of 11, 9l behind Shadow Gate (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Oct.
Banna Boirche (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) Settled in rear, ridden in 6th on outer 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 8, 2l behind Hot Bed (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Apr.
Captain Joy (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Settled in rear, no threat in straight, 5th 1f out and kept on one pace, 5th of 6, 8l behind Parish Hall (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1) in Apr.
Hujaylea (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Mid-division, 7th halfway, pushed along in 6th 3f out, ridden 2f out, moderate 5th and no impression under 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 7l behind Stuccodor (9-11) at Tipperary 7f stks hvy.
Ansgar (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 9, 12l behind Farraaj (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f Group 3 (1) pol in Mar.
Moran Gra (USA) 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed 1f out, no extra, 6th of 15, 3l behind Navajo Chief (9-1) at York 1m listed hcp 0-110 (1) gd.
Barack (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden early straight and no impression on winner from 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 6l behind The Four Elms (8-3) at Cork 1m 2f hcp sft.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Held up in rear, pushed along and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, last of 5, 6l behind Duntle (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 3 (1).
Jamesie (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway 2f out, ridden and stayed on inside final furlong, not reached leaders, 7th of 26, 4 1/2l behind Excellent Guest (8-10) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gf.
Fiesolana (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leader, moderate 2nd halfway, closer entering straight, narrow lead 2f out, ridden over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Stuccodor (9-11) at Tipperary 7f stks hvy.
Miracle Cure (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, led narrowly inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 7, hd behind Vastonea (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m hcp sft.
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden entering straight, weakened from 2f out, 6th of 7, 13l behind Vastonea (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m hcp sft.
Brog Deas (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along in 4th 3f out, ridden in 7th 2f out, no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Fairview Star (8-9) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp.
Campanology 12-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, 12th 3f out, ridden and no extra 2f out, 15th of 20, 21l behind Sweet Lightning (9-8) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) hvy in Mar.
Back Burner (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, no impression, 12th of 14, 9l behind Prospectorous (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (60-90) (4yo+) pol.
Burn The Boats (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Always prominent, hard ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon one pace, 4th of 16, 2l behind Hallelujah (9-2) at Newbury 6f hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Regulation (IRE) 5-2fav (8-13) Led, ridden 2f out, strongly pressed 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 7, nk behind Vastonea (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m hcp sft.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 11-2 (9-2) Chased leaders and took keen hold early, ridden in 4th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Hot Bed (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Apr.
Hurricane Twister (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Led and soon clear, reduced advantage entering straight, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 6th of 9, 11l behind Stuccodor (9-11) at Tipperary 7f stks hvy.
Maude Adams (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Towards rear, ridden in 9th entering straight, no impression, 8th of 10, 5l behind Ondeafears (9-10) at Gowran Park 7f fll hcp sft in Apr.
Suehail 5-2 (9-9) Held up, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, last of 6, 4l behind Atticus Finch (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Feb.
He's Got Rhythm (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, switched right just over 1f out to challenge, kept on under pressure to lead final 100 yards, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-80 pol in Apr beating Eastern Rules (9-3) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Castle Bar Sling (USA) 11-1 (9-5) Soon mid-division, 10th early, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 12th of 16, 9l behind Precious Stone (8-2) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp sft in Oct.