Vastitas has only run twice here and wasn't beaten far in the first of them. She won a shade comfortably at Leopardstown last month and is still well enough handicapped despite a 5lb rise. However, she's taking on several track specialists here including Banna Boirche and Billyford, who fought out a tremendous finish here last week with the former just prevailing for his seventh course victory. The pair are very closely matched again but it could be another who loves the track. ELUSIVE RIDGE, who lands the spoils as he was having his first start since December when a very close fourth to Moran Gra here last month and has actually been dropped 1lb in the ratings.
Banna Boirche (IRE) 2-1 (9-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, took keen hold, headway on outer into 3rd early straight, challenged 1f out, kept on under pressure to lead closing stages, won at Dundalk 7f hcp pol beating Billyford (9-6) by hd, 6 ran.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 11-4 (9-12) Led or disputed lead, strongly pressed and headed early final furlong, no extra, 4th of 6, 1 1/2l behind Moran Gra (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4yo stk pol in Mar.
Lightening Stricks (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 11, 6l behind Wild Wind (8-12) at Killarney 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Billyford (IRE) 13-8fav (9-6) Led, ridden and strongly pressed over 1f out, joined inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, headed closing stages, 2nd of 6, hd behind Banna Boirche (9-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol.
Duff (IRE) 9-2 (9-8) Tracked leaders on inner in 3rd, ridden in 4th early straight, kept on one pace under pressure final furlong, 5th of 6, 1 1/2l behind Banna Boirche (9-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol.
Iron Major (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, ridden into 6th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Billyford (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Mar.
King Ferdinand 10-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, soon one pace, 4th of 9, 8l behind Sirius Prospect (8-11) at Ascot 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Sep.
Vastitas (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Made all, ridden and kept on well from 2f out, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 7f Handicap (50-85) (4yo+) gd in Mar beating Olfa (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
World Ruler 16-1 (9-8) Very slowly away and always behind, last of 13, 22l behind Vastitas (9-4) at Leopardstown 7f Handicap (50-85) (4yo+) gd in Mar.