The Real Article beat just two opponents for his victory on the Flat at Wexford in August but he's been running at the highest level over hurdles with two Grade 2s to his credit last autumn. Parkers Mill takes a giant leap in trip having finished a close fourth in the Irish Lincoln before finding Group 3 company too hot over 1m2f at the Curragh. Useful hurdler Golden Sunbird has been going very well over fences and won a couple of bumpers in his early days but it's OLYMPIAD who gets the nod. Dermot Weld's charge was having just the third race of his career when beating Zafarqand over 1m4f at Gowran and the hugely expensive son of Galileo can start making up for lost time before going on to better things.
The Real Article (IRE) 4-9fav (10-5) Soon led and made virtually all, steady early pace, tempo increased before halfway, pushed out and kept on well final furlong, won at Wexford 2m stks gf in Aug beating Benefit Of Porter (10-9) by 2l, 3 ran.
Olympiad (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Chased leader in 2nd, disputed lead from 5f out, led entering straight, strongly pressed and ridden from 1 1/2f out, narrow lead final furlong, marginally bumped rival inside final furlong, just held on, won at Gowran Park 1m 4f mdn stks sft in Apr beating Zafarqand (9-7) by ns, 16 ran.
Parkers Mill (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased clear leaders, moderate 6th halfway, never a factor, kept on one pace in 5th from 2f out, 5th of 7, 8l behind Windsor Palace (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs.
Delphi Mountain (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Prominent, 3rd approaching straight, soon no impression, 10th of 14, 13l behind Ri An Domhnaigh (9-7) at Limerick 1m 3f mdn stks gd in Mar.
Golden Sunbird (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Led and disputed, clear of remainder, slightly slow jump 5th and reduced advantage, headed before straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 12l behind Mae's Choice (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) hvy in Apr.