Riven Light completed a simple task with the minimum of fuss at Tipperary last month and remains potentially smart in this sphere. He is expected to take this step up in class in his stride before a potential crack at the Cox Plate in Australia. Zawraq has evidently had his problems, but has produced a smart level of form in the past, including when winning the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial in April 2015, and he still rates the biggest threat ahead of Canary Row, who was a comfortable winner in this class last time.
Newcross showed he retains all of his ability after 13 months off when runner-up at Roscommon 16 days ago and looks on a good mark for his handicap debut. Indeed, that form leaves him 2 lb clear of Nannys Well on Timeform ratings and Dermot Weld's charge is fancied to get off the mark, with further improvement likely to be forthcoming after just three starts. Nannys Well ran creditably when second at Roscommon last time and should be thereabouts with a reproduction of that effort, while Kandahari is also feared in first-time blinkers.
Arbre de Vie was behind Slowmotion and A Toi Phil in the Galway Plate, though he was left with an awful lot to do that day. The seven-year-old resumed winning ways in good style at the same course four days later and shades the vote in a typically competitive renewal of this race, with the possibility of better to come from him in this sphere. A Toi Phil is also taken to reverse placings with Slowmotion and heads the list of dangers, with UK raider Viva Steve another to consider on return from nine months off the track.
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(All from Listowel)