Rory O'Moore has won twice and his close second to Don Cossack in a Navan Grade 2 in December is the best form on view, though he has a long absence to overcome. Ardboe Abbey was beaten a long way on heavy ground on his debut and appeared to enjoy stepping up to 2m4f at Roscommon last time. Railway Icon still looked inexperienced at Down Royal so further improvement is expected but this can go to WHO'S CROSS. Willie Mullins' charge was conceding 17lb to shock winner Mireya at Galway where he was caught in the closing stages over 2m2f. This is more his trip at this stage and he can make amends. Chakisto is quite well thought of and looks best of the remainder.
Rory O'Moore (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Led, extended lead after 4f and 10 lengths clear halfway, reduced advantage early straight and headed over 1f out, rallied under pressure and kept on well to lead closing stages, won at Naas 2m N H flat sft in Feb beating The Paparrazi Kid (11-10) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Ardboe Abbey (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Waited with, 14th before halfway, progress from under 4f out, chased leaders from over 2f out, ridden to challenge and lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Roscommon 2m 4f N H flat gd in May beating La Femme Blanche (11-4) by 2l, 17 ran.
Railway Icon (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, closed to chase leaders from 4f out, led over 2f out, wandered about a bit over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Down Royal 2m N H flat gs in Aug beating A Twist Of Fate (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 17 ran.
Who's Cross (IRE) 13-8fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th 6f out, improved in 2nd 2f out, led entering straight, ridden 1f out, headed final 50 yards, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Mireya (10-7) at Galway 2m 2f N H flat sft in Sep.
Clash Of Kings (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Disputed lead, led 8f out, ridden and headed entering straight, hung badly left to stands' side from 2f out, soon moderate 4th, rider unable to ride out finish due to hanging, 4th of 14, 22l behind Melanjo (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m 4f N H flat hvy in May.
Chakisto (FR) 12-1 (11-7) In rear, some headway from 3f out, kept on one paced, 9th of 23, 14l behind Grand Jesture (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gs in Apr.
Goodtime Boy (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Soon tracked leaders, closed up 5f out, no impression under pressure from 3f out, placed 5th, disqualified, rider not weigh in, in a race won by Great Jones (12-0) at Tramore 2m N H flat hvy in Aug, 10 ran.
Twotwentyyards (IRE) Catcher In The Rye gelding out of Pepsi Starlet.
Emily O (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th entering straight, weakened, 10th of 23, 15l behind Grand Jesture (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gs in Apr.
Kris Kindle (IRE) Kris Kin filly out of The Midnight Blues.