Dermot Weld has won three of the last four renewals and Spirit Of Concorde will be a warm order here. But he was disappointing when odds-on at Dundalk and looks vulnerable. MODISTA made a very promising start at Ballinrobe last month when she finished strongly behind King Of The Romans. That will have done her the power of good and she can go one better. Celtic Monarch easily landed a Cartmel novice hurdle last month but is up against it here while Gerdago, though showing potential, has run over 1m5f on both starts and this is a big drop in trip though he hold Hejaz on their recent run at Tipperary.
Celtic Monarch (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) In touch in rear, not always fluent, closed 3 out, led last, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Cartmel 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in May beating Cape Explorer (10-12) by 7l, 5 ran.
Spirit of Concorde 10-11fav (9-7) Prominent, improved to lead over 2f out, soon ridden, headed under 2f out, 2nd 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Bayan (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol in Apr.
Gerdago (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge early straight and every chance inside final furlong, not quite match winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, hd behind Weather Watch (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f 3yo mdn aut gf.
Guitar Pete (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 6th 3f out, soon ridden and no impression in 7th 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 16, 19l behind Stepwise (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn stks in May.
Hejaz (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Tracked leaders on inner in 3rd, ridden early straight and 5th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 5l behind Weather Watch (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f 3yo mdn aut gf.
Ty Rock Tommy (IRE) Intikhab gelding out of Freda's Choice.
Modista (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Dwelt slightly and held up in touch, 6th 3f out, soon ridden, moderate 4th over 1f out, ran on well without threatening final furlong, 2nd of 8, 4l behind King Of The Romans (9-5) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f mdn auc stks sft in May.
Voice Of A Curlew (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Prominent, 3rd approaching straight, no extra from under 2f out, 7th of 14, 10l behind Hanky Panky (9-0) at Naas 1m 3yo fll stks in May.