BANNA BOIRCHE returns from racing at Meydan where he finished second in a much better handicap than this in February. Beaten only a nose on that occasion, Mick Halford's course and distance winner can gain compensation in this while stablemate Hujaylea has a recent outing at the Curragh under his belt and has every chance on his fourth to Famous Name at Leopardstown last April. Flic Flac went close here in January and is preferred to Joe Eile, Cash Or Casualty and Billyford off his current mark and Almadaa is another to consider as he steps back up to 7f.
Banna Boirche (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) 2nd of 13, ns behind Mufarrh (9-6) at Meydan(UAE) 1m hcp in Feb.
Hujaylea (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden under 2f out, no impression in 11th 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 7th of 20, 10l behind Sweet Lightning (9-8) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) hvy in Mar.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 9-2 (9-13) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden entering straight, dropped to 3rd 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 11l behind Ansgar (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Dec.
Jamesie (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Raced far side, took keen hold tracking leader, driven when groups merged over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 14, 14l behind Skilful (9-8) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) sft in Oct.
Joe Eile (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Chased leaders on outer in 3rd, ridden 1 1/2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on final furlong to 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Srucahan (9-2) at Curragh 6f ext hcp hvy in Mar.
Billyford (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, niggled along into straight, soon challenged and every chance, kept on same pace in 3rd near finish, 3rd of 6, 1l behind Captain Joy (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4yo stk pol in Mar.
Almadaa 7-2 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th 2f out, still 6th 1f out, stayed on well close home, never nearer, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind All Ablaze (8-5) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol in Mar.
Flic Flac (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, close 5th 2f out, soon ridden, went close 3rd under 1f out, kept on well final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Core Element (9-1) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Jan.
Otto The Great 7-1 (9-10) Waited with, widest of all straight, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 10th of 12, 10l behind Cash Or Casualty (8-9) at Dundalk 7f hcap pol in Feb.
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Made all, pushed along 2f out, ridden and kept on well under pressure from over 1f out, pressed close home, won at Dundalk 7f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) pol in Mar beating Collingwood (8-10) by nk, 8 ran.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 16-1 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 6l behind Spirituality (8-10) at Dundalk 7f 3yo hcp 60-95 pol in Oct.
Arbitrageur (IRE) 11-1 (8-4) Always prominent, close 4th 1f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong to lead near finish, won at Dundalk 6f hcp pol in Nov beating Roicead (9-13) by nk, 14 ran.
Hurricane Twister (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Led, 3 lengths clear entering straight, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, no extra, 4th of 10, 7l behind Lady Wingshot (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.