There's no doubt that Brog Deas is progressing at a rate of knots but his handicap mark has soared as a consequence and he has it all to do against Danequest, who finished only two lengths behind him on soft ground at Gowran last month and is a massive 15llb better off. Swerve won't mind the going though whether he'll stay the trip in the conditions is another matter though it won't be a problem for HAIL, who looks another for Ballydoyle. He hasn't quite hit the heights so far but looked in need of the run when returning over 1m2f at Leopardstown, where he was in the lead at this trip, and makes his handicap debut off a reasonable mark. Soohaad showed promise in her one start last term and was very well supported to make a winning return over 7f at Gowran which she did in taking fashion. With that under her belt and the longer trip sure to suit, she looks the main threat though Aquilonius has been going well on Polytrack.
Swerve 2-1fav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden under 2f out, on terms 1f out, soon headed and no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Coolnagree (8-7) at Curragh 7f 3yo ext hcp in Mar.
Brog Deas (IRE) 7-2 (10-3) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, good headway to lead under 2f out, strongly pressed 1f out, kept on well under pressure to assert inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3yo hcp 47-65 pol in Apr beating Samollie (9-3) by 2l, 14 ran.
Hail (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden and led entering straight, strongly pressed and headed 1 1/2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 11, 3l behind Azamata (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks gd in Mar.
Aquilonius (IRE) 5-4fav (8-13) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd after 3f, ridden 2f out, 2nd 1f out, kept on well final furlong to press winner close home, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Pivotal Rock (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-80 pol in Apr.
Soohaad (USA) 7-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden in 3rd 2f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Gowran Park 7f 3yo mdn sft in Apr beating Caonach (8-9) by 1l, 14 ran.
An Cat Dubh (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Suehail (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn auc stks pol in Mar.
Foot Soldier (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, 6th and ridden 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 6th of 13, 7l behind Cnocan Diva (9-4) at Curragh 1m hcp 55-80 in Apr.
Don Long (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th 4f out, soon ridden and weakened, 14th of 15, well behind Mayhem Freddie (7-11) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-75 gd in Mar.
Money Spider (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden and no impression from 3f out, 8th of 15, 14l behind Mayhem Freddie (7-11) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-75 gd in Mar.
Danequest (IRE) 6-1 (9-4) Led and disputed, led 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 16, 2l behind Brog Deas (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m 3yo hcp 47-75 sft in Apr.