Vautour turned in the most stunning performance of the festival in this race last year and while it would be foolish to suggest OUTLANDER
is capable of running to that sort of level, Willie Mullins’ charge has a lot of similarities to his stable mate. 3-3 since embarking on his chasing career, the son of Stowaway posted his best set of figures so far to date when scoring in decent style at Leopardstown last time and as he’s one of the few previous Grade 1 winners in the line-up, he looks the one most likely to put it up to the ante-post favourite Bristol De Mai. BACK HERCULES
is a rather surprising entry in this race given his main target seemed to be the National Hunt Chase and with the ground drying out all the time, he may just find this an insufficient test. Back on genuine fast ground, ZABANA
comes back into the equation following a slightly below-par performance behind Outlander last time out and as he proved in the Coral Cup last season, Andrew Lynch’s charge is capable of running to a high standard when conditions are in his favour.