MARCHESE MARCONI has a stamina-packed pedigree and has entries in the Coronation Cup and Ascot Gold Cup. She's been brought along quietly but looked a very nice staying prospect on heavy ground at Limerick and will take some beating. Defence Of Duress has only won once on the level but was beaten a head in the Goodwood Stakes over 2m5f in August. He scored over hurdles subsequently and is a decent stayer in the making though hasn't been seen since October. Lady Imola had some reasonable form last season but was beaten a long way on her reappearance at Clonmel so Auden, a winner in 2010 for Godolphin, may be more of a threat as he was racing over a trip much too short on his belated return to action at Tipperary.
Marchese Marconi (IRE) 2-7fav (9-7) Led, headed after 2f, regained lead 3f out, pushed along 2f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on strongly, comfortably, won at Limerick 1m 3f mdn stks hvy in Apr beating Prima Vista (9-7) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Lady Imola (IRE) 11-1 (8-6) Soon well off pace in mid-division, moderate 6th and no extra from before straight, 12th of 14, well behind Captainofthefleet (8-9) at Clonmel 2m hcp 60-90 sft.
Auden (USA) 25-1 (8-12) Soon towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and no impression 3f out, last of 9, 16l behind Stuccodor (9-11) at Tipperary 7f stks hvy.
Baltiman (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Slowly away, always behind, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Myrine (9-2) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f mdn stks in Jul '10.
Defence Of Duress (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Held up rear of mid-division, steady headway on inside over 3f out, switched left over 2f out, ridden to chase leading trio over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd final 50 yards, closed on winner, just held, 2nd of 20, hd behind Hurricane Higgins (9-10) at Goodwood 2m 5f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Aug.
Nouveau Moulin (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Mid-division, outpaced on outside 3f out, never on terms, 12th of 19, 26l behind Legacy Gold (11-1) at Aintree 2m 1f N H flat lst (1) gs in Apr.