ANTIOUS, a multiple winner in South Africa including at Group 2 level, had his first start for David Marnane in a Group 3 at the Curragh and performed with credit so with improvement expected he gets the vote. Banna Boirche has won eight times on Polytrack but never on Turf despite some fine efforts and Akasaka has also been proving himself on Dundalk's Polytrack. Muaanid has only faced heavy ground in his four starts to date and could be the one to benefit most from quicker conditions as Tennessee Wildcat has failed to add to his tally after an opening victory at Dundalk.
Akasaka (IRE) 4-9fav (9-11) Tracked leader in 2nd, led under 2f out, soon ridden, kept on final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f clm stks pol in Apr beating Muck 'N' Brass (9-11) by 1l, 3 ran.
Elusive Ridge (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Towards rear, kept on same pace from 2f out, 19th of 23, 13l behind Fiesolana (9-2) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in May.
Hot Bed (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Always prominent, improved to lead and ridden under 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Apr beating Regulation (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Annakrista (GER) .
Antious (ARG) 20-1 (9-9) Soon mid-division, 9th and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 13th of 16, 6l behind Hitchens (9-9) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Banna Boirche (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Towards rear, headway in 13th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 7th of 23, 4 1/2l behind Fiesolana (9-2) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in May.
Mooqtar (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, driven out and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd in Sep beating Mouteab (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 16 ran.
Muaanid 5-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 1 1/2f out, 6th of 7, 14l behind Francis Of Assisi (9-3) at Curragh 7f 3yo ext hcp hvy in Mar.
Royal Blue Star (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, driven along early straight and no extra well over 1f out, weakened, 10th of 13, 9l behind Reply (9-11) at Naas 7f Listed stks (1) gf.
Tennessee Wildcat (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Close up early, soon tracked leaders, 3rd on rail from over 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 5, 7l behind Gale Force Ten (9-3) at Dundalk 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Apr.