No favourite has won this in the last ten renewals and the last three have been drawn high. Aidan O’Brien was successful with Poet in 2009 and Learn is certain to attract support despite this being his handicap debut. Sadler’s Mark has been raised 7lb for his comfortable success at Naas but his young rider’s claim is a major plus and he should get competitive. Colin Keane was on board for that Naas victory but he’s now on the stable’s NEW MAGIC, who looks the type for this. She was in fine form early this summer scoring at Gowran and Limerick and ran well enough when stepped up into Listed class at Galway last time to suggest she’s on a reasonable mark, especially with her rider’s 7lb claim. Barack has a touch of class as he showed when runner-up in a Listed contest last time while recent winners Vastonea and Punch Your Weight are others to consider in a wide-open contest.
Punch Your Weight (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Soon mid-division, moderate 6th and pushed along under 3f out, good run to close inside final furlong and led closing stages, won at Cork 7f mdn stks beating Fastidious (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 15 ran.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 5-2 (9-8) Held up, last halfway, ridden and closer 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, no extra in 3rd close home, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Parkers Mill (9-8) at Tipperary 1m 1f stks hvy.
Sweet Lightning 14-1 (9-9) Waited with, struggling from over 2f out, dropped to last and no extra from over 1f out, kept on same pace, last of 5, 9l behind Famous Name (9-12) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) sft in Jul.
Northern Rocked (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Disputed early, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 4l behind Pintura (9-11) at Galway 7f hcp sft.
Along Came Casey (IRE) 5-1fav (9-8) Pulled up soon after start, in a race won by Zariyna (8-13) at Leopardstown 1m 1f fll hcp gs, 13 ran.
Spa’s Dancer (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, soon keen hold into mid-division, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 14, 30l behind Vastonea (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp sft in Jul.
Winning Impact (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, ridden in 10th 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace straight, 6th of 13, 8l behind Pintura (9-11) at Galway 7f hcp sft.
New Magic (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, ridden approaching straight, kept on one pace without threatening, 8th of 10, 6l behind Lady Wingshot (8-11) at Galway 7f fll lst stks (1) sft.
Learn (IRE) 2-5fav (9-6) Slowly away, soon in touch and went 2nd before halfway, ridden to lead 2f out and asserted 1f out, driven out and kept on well final furlong, won at Naas 1m stks in Jul beating Brendan Brackan (9-3) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Sadler’s Mark 9-4 (10-0) Chased leader in 3rd, closer over 2f out and headway to lead 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Naas 1m app hcp 50-85 beating King of Dudes (8-12) by 3l, 7 ran.
Waydownsouth (IRE) 11-1 (9-10) Slowly away and in rear, some headway into 7th entering straight, kept on inside final furlong to go 4th close home, nearest at finish, 4th of 11, 4l behind Sadler’s Mark (9-5) at Galway 1m hcp 60-90 sft.
Barack (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Soon raced in moderate 3rd, niggled along before straight, went in pursuit of winner and no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Akeed Mofeed (9-2) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1).
Jembatt (IRE) 2-1fav (10-5) Towards rear, ridden in 10th 2f out, no impression in 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 6l behind Bonnie Acclamation (9-2) at Leopardstown 6f hcp gs.
Vastonea (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 3f out, under pressure in 3rd entering straight, ran on well final furlong to lead last 50 yards, won at Galway 1m hcp sft in Jul beating Pintura (9-9) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Miracle Cure (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) In rear, no impression from 3f out, 10th of 14, 5l behind Muck ‘N’ Brass (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol.
Castle Bar Sling (USA) 14-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, ridden in 11th entering straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 15l behind Vastonea (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp sft in Jul.
Takeitfromalady (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway towards inside well over 1f out, driven and stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Switzerland (8-10) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Ballivor (IRE) 4-1 (9-11) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden 2f out and soon no extra, 5th of 7, 10l behind Custom Cut (9-7) at Curragh 7f hcp hvy in Jul.