Gan Locht won this last year but has been beaten out of sight in four subsequent starts. Mad For Road finally opened his account when scoring over 1m4f here last month but has plenty to prove over today's trip. He beat the re-opposing Well Insured on that occasion and the latter has yet to win in 26 attempts. Horsewithnoname and Dashing Duchess finished further back in the same race but Jigalo is a course and distance winner and Mutiska has a shout on her third in this race last season. STAR POWER gets only a tentative vote on the evidence of his modest efforts over 2m last year but he's tumbled down the weights since and should be thereabouts.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden early straight, plenty to do when checked over 1f out, soon eased, 12th of 14, 14l behind Shabra Emperor (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Jigalo (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, no impression in 7th 2f out, 5th and kept on one pace 1f out, 5th of 10, 24l behind Hide The Evidence (8-6) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 hvy in Oct.
Star Power (IRE) 10-3 (9-7) 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Asian Wing (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Mutiska (IRE) 3-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 4th under 4f out, no extra into straight, 6th of 12, 30l behind Ionisphere (8-11) at Clonmel 2m hcp 47-65 sft in May.
Westhaven (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, no extra approaching straight, weakened, last of 14, 40l behind Call Me Bubbles (9-0) at Galway 1m 4f stks sft in Aug.
Head Waiter (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) 5th of 15, 2 1/2l behind Sendar (10-7) at Killarney 1m 4f hcp 0-70 gd in May '07.
Hurricane Jojo (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along to challenge 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 2 1/2l behind Sheilas Wish (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gs in Sep.
Dashing Duchess (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Soon mid-division, 9th 4f out, kept on same pace under pressure from under 2f out, 8th of 14, 7l behind Mad For Road (8-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Tortueuse (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Soon chased leaders, 6th over 5f out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 4th of 14, 13l behind General Bunching (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Feb.
Stay In My Heart (IRE) 9-4 (8-9) Settled in 4th, headway into 2nd 4f out, driven along and no impression on winner from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Zabana (9-5) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo mdn sft in Oct.
Academic Accolade 16-1 (12-0) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Dream Applause (11-4) at Laytown 7f amt stk in Sep.
Horsewithnoname (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Close up and disputed lead, dropped to 5th from 6f out, close up again 2f out, no extra and kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 14, 3l behind Mad For Road (8-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Well Insured (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division, headway to chase leaders straight, kept on same pace from 1f out, 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Mad For Road (8-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Mad For Road (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Rear of mid-division, headway to chase leaders 2f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead near line, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar beating Buccaneer Bob (9-8) by nk, 14 ran.
Gan Locht (USA) 20-1 (8-6) Always towards rear, never a factor, 15th of 16, 44l behind Star Of Aragon (9-7) at Wexford 1m 6f hcp 47-65 in May.
Diamondgeezer Luke (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Soon led, ridden and strongly pressed 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon no impression on winner, dropped to 3rd under 1f out, kept on one paced, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Raise The Beat (9-10) at Dundalk 2m mdn stks pol in Mar.
Ocean Bright (USA) 25-1 (8-13) 2nd and disputed lead, ridden and weakened over 4f out, 11th of 15, well behind Glam Gerry (9-7) at Navan 2m mdn stks in Oct.