Eastern Rules, twice a winner over a mile here, made a promising comeback last month but could have done without a 3lb rise. Tsar Paul doesn't win often but generally runs well here and he's gone close on both starts this year. INDIANA CHARMER has done very well since dropping in trip and scored over a mile here last time for which a 6lb rise shouldn't prevent a follow-up. Phils Wish had run well at Wolverhampton before returning here and producing his best effort to date while Lift The Gloom has form good enough for this but has a long absence to overcome.
Eastern Rules (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to challenge early straight and ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on under pressure, headed and not match winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind He's Got Rhythm (9-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-80 pol in Apr.
Firethorn (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Waited with, 8th from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 8th of 9, 8l behind Stronger Than Me (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
Patrickswell (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden halfway, weakened entering straight, last of 10, 17l behind Phebes Wish (9-13) at Dundalk 6f hcp 50-75 pol in Apr.
Cluin Aine (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Fastidious (9-7) at Leopardstown 7f Handicap (50-85) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
Tsar Paul (IRE) 3-1fav (9-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd 3f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, 2nd 1f out, no impression winner final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Reposer (9-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.
Gun Shoot (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden and no impression from 2f out, 7th of 9, 22l behind Brinestine (9-13) at Curragh 1m 1f 3yo hcp hvy in Oct.
Hexagonal (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, 3rd halfway, soon ridden and no extra well over 2f out, weakened, 13th of 14, 28l behind Confident Cub (9-2) at Naas 1m app hcp 47-65 sft in Apr.
Indiana Charmer (USA) 3-1fav (8-12) Made all, ridden 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Apr beating Todd (7-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Daliyan (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Home Secretary (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.
Lift The Gloom 6-1 (8-11) Soon chased leaders in 5th, no impression under pressure and kept on without threatening final furlong, 6th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Susiescot (9-1) at Curragh 7f hcp sft in Aug.
Whitethorne Scent 5-2fav (9-10) Chased leaders, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 1f out, 9th of 14, 4l behind Wild China (9-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Sweet Annathea (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Mid-division on outer, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 10th of 11, 34l behind Vasoni (8-13) at Limerick 7f hcp 47-65 sft in Apr.
Phils Wish (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, improved to lead and ridden 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed under 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Slipper Orchid (9-9) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Samollie (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 2f out, ridden in 6th 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 7l behind Reposer (9-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.
House Limit (IRE) 11-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, 9th 2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 13, 6l behind Home Secretary (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.