RELENTLESS PURSUIT has a hike in the weights to contend with after scoring at Dundalk but still looks to have the best chance. He beat previous winner Bint Dandy easily enough last time and is preferred to Strait Of Zanzibar. The latter beat He's Got Rhythm eight lengths over track and trip last month but never figured off today's mark on his latest start when finishing behind fifth-placed Norville at Fairyhouse.
He's Got Rhythm (IRE) 14-1 (9-12) Towards rear, hampered after 2f, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 8l behind Strait Of Zanzibar (9-8) at Down Royal 7f hcp gd in May.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 13-2 (9-7) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd before straight, soon pushed along, briefly short of room 1 1/2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 7l behind Hi Emperor (9-6) at Fairyhouse 7f hcp 50-80 gf.
Norville (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Soon tracked leader, dropped to 3rd 1f out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Hi Emperor (9-6) at Fairyhouse 7f hcp 50-80 gf.
Relentless Pursuit (IRE) 9-2fav (9-2) Soon led and made all, clear before halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, reduced advantage inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp pol in May beating Wishyouwerehere (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Bint Dandy (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride and in rear, ridden in moderate 9th 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 13, 8l behind Relentless Pursuit (9-2) at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp pol in May.