The annual Dermot Weld winner-fest gets under way with Ruby Walsh booked for DIPLOMAT, who can get the yard off to a successful start. He was on board at Sligo a fortnight ago and the combination gained a comfortable success from King William. That will have put his mount straight for this though there are plenty of threats. Zabana has a double penalty after victories at Sligo and Gowran and he's improving fast while Green Dragon easily accounted for subsequent winner Honourable Emperor at Tipperary before failing to concede 7lb to King Of The Picts at Bellewstown. The winner looks a big danger while Ebazan and Dawerann fought a battle at Bellewstown and the latter boosted the form with a victory at Roscommon.
Zabana (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead after 3 out, ridden from next, not fluent at last, presses by runner-up run-in, kept on well under pressure close home, won at Gowran Park 2m 4yo hdl gf in Jun beating Hurricane Ridge (11-5) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Boss's Star (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, closed and mistake 2 out, 3rd before last, soon challenged, led and stayed on best run-in, won at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd in May beating Cailin Annamh (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 20 ran.
Celtic Monarch (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Chased leaders early, niggled along in 6th halfway, ridden and no impression before 3 out, 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 18l behind King of The Picts (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl gf.
Dawerann (IRE) 9-4fav (11-1) Tracked leaders on inner and 7th halfway, headway to go 3rd 3 out, pushed along to lead lead last and driven out to assert run-in, won at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl gf beating Tangolan (11-1) by 2 3/4l, 17 ran.
Diplomat (USA) 4-7fav (10-10) Chased leader in 3rd, closer 4 out and went 2nd before 2 out, smooth headway to lead entering straight and cruised clear early run-in, unextended, won at Sligo 2m nh nov hdl gd beating King William (11-2) by 1l, 6 ran.
Ebazan (USA) 4-1 (11-5) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd after 2 out, ridden to challenge entering straight, led before last, kept on well, won at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl gd in Jun beating Dawerann (10-7) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Green Dragon (FR) 9-4 (11-7) Settled behind leaders early, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd 3 out, ridden 2 out, no impression winner last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind King of The Picts (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl gf.
Honourable Emperor (IRE) 13-8fav (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression before 3 out, moderate 7th when fell 2 out, in a race won by King of The Picts (11-0) at Bellewstown 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl gf, 11 ran.
King of The Picts (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, 3rd halfway, improved to lead before 3 out, ridden 2 out, kept on strongly from last, won at Bellewstown 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl gf beating Green Dragon (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Sky Khan 4-5fav (10-4) Prominent 1st, held up, closed 5th, challenged 2 out, led before last, comfortably, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gf beating Experimentalist (11-2) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Ancelotti (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 6th 4 out, ridden from next, no impression, 6th of 10, 14l behind The Ring Is King (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd.
Star For Life (USA) 11-10fav (11-4) Chased leader, 7th when fell 5th, in a race won by Banana Flambe (11-12) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in May, 14 ran.
Vito De Beauchene (FR) Visionary gelding out of Iranica De Laulne.