Although Slipper Orchid is likely to make a bold bid for a hat-trick, it's the younger brigade who look to have the call. Mick Halford's filly is unlikely to go down without a fight but the concession of 18lb to PEARL OF AFRICA may prove beyond her. Eddie Lynam's progressive filly returned to action in the spring with two fine runs at Dundalk and with further improvement likely she looks the one to beat. Majestic Queen was beaten a short-head at Dundalk in November having won their earlier though the winner of the latter race hasn't franked the form so the other youngster in the line-up, Angela's Dream, may have more of a chance as she looked unlucky at Naas last time.
New Magic (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division best, kept on same pace under pressure from under 2f out, 8th of 11, 6l behind Captain Joy (8-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Nov.
Slipper Orchid (IRE) 5-1fav (9-3) Rear of mid-division and 10th halfway, driven along 2f out and headway into 4th 1f out, kept on well under pressure between horses to lead final 50 yards, won at Naas 7f hcp gf beating Tarrsille (8-12) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Romantic Stroll (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Towards rear, dropped behind 3f out, eased when beaten, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Chigun (9-0) at Curragh 1m flls Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Goldplated (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Soon prominent, keen hold, on terms approaching straight, soon headed and dropped to 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 7th of 9, 12l behind Majenta (8-8) at Curragh 1m 4f fll hcp 60-90 gf.
Maude Adams (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Towards rear, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 17th of 23, 11l behind Fiesolana (9-2) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in May.
Topadee (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Lost ground away from start, towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 7th of 9, 31l behind Jackemil (8-10) at Limerick 1m hcp in May.
Majestic Queen (IRE) 7-4fav (9-10) Waited with towards rear, good headway on inner to lead from 2f out, soon joined, stayed on well final furlong, headed on line, 2nd of 8, hd behind Harmonic Note (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 2yo hcp pol in Nov.
Angela's Dream (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Rear of mid-division, 8th entering straight, ridden in 7th over 1f out and kept on same pace to go 5th close home, 5th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Connacht Council (8-10) at Naas 7f 3yo hcp gf.
Pearl Of Africa (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Mid-division on outer, 7th 2f out, ridden in 5th 1 1/2f out, headway to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, won at Dundalk 1m 3yo mdn fll pol in Apr beating Harpist (9-0) by 1/2l, 10 ran.