Exotic made a winning debut at Galway in August but has been virtually tailed off in his two starts this year. TAGLIETELLE has been in good form and the ex-Andrew Balding inmate, a very close third in a stronger handicap at the Curragh in April, should be up to winning this. Hisaabaat has the ability to win at this level and the softer the ground the better for Dermot Weld's charge. Gimli's Rock arrives on the back of a smooth victory over three rivals in a hurdles race over 3m at Kilbeggan but Ibsen has gone up 10lb for his two latest placed efforts. In A Nutshell reappeared over hurdles just over a week ago after a break of almost two years. If Charles Byrnes has him restored to full health he'll be on the premises and the market should be watched for clues. Fairy Court has been going well on Polytrack but has shot up 14lb in the ratings for his lone success in January.
Exotic (IRE) 5-1 (9-8) Disputed lead briefly early, soon raced in 3rd, ridden early straight, soon no impression, dropped to moderate 4th and no impression from 2f out, 4th of 5, 31l behind Shu Lewis (9-2) at Killarney 1m 6f stks sft in May.
All The Aces (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Held up mid-division, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 13, 37l behind White Nile (9-1) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Taglietelle 7-2 (9-1) Chased leaders, 5th from 3f out, under pressure in moderate 3rd over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Thomas Edison (8-12) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp in Apr.
Clara Bel La (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 29th of 30, 42l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Hisaabaat (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, hung right from under 2f out, checked briefly 1 1/2f out, no impression final furlong, 6th of 13, 13l behind Thomas Edison (8-13) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp sft in May.
Gimli's Rock (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Loaded without rider, tracked leaders, ridden in 4th over 4f out, 6th over 3f out, 7th and no impression 2f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 7l behind Ted Veale (11-3) at Bellewstown 1m 4f stks gd in Aug.
Ballyadam Brook (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Rear, improved into 5th halfway, wide entering straight, 9th and under pressure 2f out, no extra, 8th of 12, 6l behind Edge Of Sanity (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp in May.
Todd 7-1 (8-12) Raced in 7th, pushed along in rear entering straight, switched right under 2f out and some progress to go 6th early final furlong, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 9l behind Hisaabaat (9-10) at Limerick 1m 3f hcp 50-80 hvy in Apr.
Ibsen (IRE) 4-1fav (8-9) Mid-division, ridden briefly halfway, ridden over 3f out, stayed on into 7th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Cliff House (8-6) at Tipperary 1m 4f sft in Apr.
In A Nutshell (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Soon chased leaders, niggled along 5f out, ridden to challenge from over 1f out, kept on without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Sky Pilot (8-10) at Limerick 2m hcp 60-90 gd in Jun '12.
Fairy Court (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Led and soon clear, well clear 4f out, ridden entering straight, reduced advantage 1 1/2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Cottesloe (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.