Military Bowl won a Listed contest in France in 2011 but hasn't done much over hurdles since joining Tony Martin. Chicago won three times for Aidan O'Brien and didn't run badly for new connections at Meydan this winter. O'Brien runs EL SALVADOR here and though the son of Galileo will need to improve again there's every chance he will do so as his victory in a Dundalk handicap over Wrekin Rock was boosted when the runner-up, who was receiving 16lb, went in next time. The obvious danger is Voleuse De Coeurs, who looked an outstanding staying prospect when landing the Irish Cesarewitch by no less than 10l and expect to see her in the major Cup races later in the season. Rich Coast had some strong form in France and ran very well to take a Cork handicap last month so he's another to note in an interesting finale.
Rich Coast 5-1 (9-7) Made all, ridden clear 1 1/2f out, kept on strongly, reduced advantage closing stages, comfortably, won at Cork 1m 2f hcp sft in Mar beating Cheval Rouge (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Chicago (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) 8th of 10, 10l behind Ahzeemah (8-11) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 6f Grp 3 fst in Mar.
El Salvador (IRE) 11-10fav (9-7) Close up and disputed lead, in front approaching straight, slightly awkward head carriage but kept on well from over 1f out, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Feb beating Wrekin Rock (8-5) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Encrypted Message (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Always behind, pushed along after halfway, weakened entering straight, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Midnight Soprano (9-7) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) hvy in Oct.
Voleuse De Coeurs (IRE) 6-1fav (9-1) Rear of mid-division, smooth headway 4f out, 7th early straight, led travelling easily over 1f out, drew clear, not extended, won at Curragh 2m hcp hvy in Oct beating Missunited (9-11) by 10l, 27 ran.
Military Bowl (USA) (8-10) won at Marseille-borely(FR) 1m 2f Listed stks (1) hvy in Nov '11, 9 ran.