CORMORANT sets the bar fairly high here and can make a winning start for Joseph O'Brien. It's encouraging that he won first time out last year when winning a Group Three at Leopardstown and he went on to run respectably in his next couple of starts in pattern company. The conditions of entry for this race are tailor-made for the grey who was gelded over the winter. Likewise Georgeville, who had useful form for Dermot Weld a couple of years ago, has been gelded after a disappointing campaign last term and it will be interesting to see how he fares for new connections. Weld is represented by Zawara, who was Listed-placed last year but needs to leave behind a poor seasonal debut at this venue, while Deputy Sandy won a strong maiden on debut before bombing out in a Listed race when last seen at Dundalk in October.
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