Aidan O'Brien has won this with Yeats and Fame And Glory in recent years and will be hoping EL SALVADOR can follow their lead and become a top stayer. He's been gradually improving as stepping up in trip and shouldn't have too much to fear from Voleuse De Coeurs, who he beat comfortably at Limerick. Steps To Freedom generally performs at a high level on the Flat and over hurdles and wasn't too far behind Fame And Glory a year ago while Missunited won a Grade 3 novice hurdle in March and any further rain will enhance her chances.
El Salvador (IRE) 15-8 (9-9) Made all, ridden 2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Limerick 1m 4f stks hvy in Apr beating Voleuse De Coeurs (9-7) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Macbeth (IRE) 40-1 (9-3) Chased leader in 2nd, closer entering straight and ridden 2f out, tried to challenge over 1f out, no impression under pressure in 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 3 1/2l behind Camelot (9-8) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Solo Performer (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Prospectorous (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (60-90) (4yo+) pol.
Steps To Freedom (IRE) 9-2 (9-1) Keen held up, headway on inner 2f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Estimate (8-9) at Ascot 2m Grp 3 (1) gd.
Missunited (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Soon chased leaders, ridden in pursuit of winner in 2nd from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Inis Meain (9-5) at Limerick 1m 4f Listed stks (1).
Tantalising (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Attempted to make all, sent on from 2f out, reduced lead 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, kept on without matching winner, 2nd of 7, nk behind Leah Claire (8-10) at Leopardstown 1m 4f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
Voleuse De Coeurs (IRE) Evensfav (9-7) Settled 3rd, ridden into 2nd under 2f out, no impression winner final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 4, 2 1/4l behind El Salvador (9-9) at Limerick 1m 4f stks hvy in Apr.