19:20 Curragh Fri 31 August 2018
18 months between his two starts and 100/1 in each of them. Never involved at Galway on return and very hard to see him being a factor here.
Unplaced in all 13 races so far including lone start of this campaign at Naas. Lowly handicaps surely offer a better chance.
Belatedly made his debut this month and this will be third run in four weeks. Slightly better in second start over 1m2½f at Roscommon but more needed nevertheless.
Returned from eight months off with fair although remote third at Galway in a 1m4f maiden. That the best we've seen for current yard but would have been better off in a handicap.
Canford Cliffs gelding was beaten 19L on debut over this trip at Leopardstown earlier in the month. Much improvement needed although should see some progress.
Beaten 9L into eighth on debut behind Astronomer who has since won a handicap easily off a mark of 87. Looked the sort to improve on that first run so no surprise if he is involved today.
Well beaten in three starts in the spring all on heavy ground with the latest two over 7f. Very different test here after the break and would have to be a much improved showing.
Brother to French 10f winner Galileo's Spear and comes from a yard that can ready them first time out, slightly worrying to see the tongue tie on for debut but has to be respected all the same.
Lightly raced son of Camelot beaten a short-head on reappearance at Leopardstown back in April over 1m1f. Absence since raises question marks but clearly talented and bred to stay well so extra 1f here in his favour also.
Newcomer by Oasis Dream is a half-brother to a French 1m1f winner out of an unraced Galileo mare. Tough to win this first time out so best watched unless market speaks strongly in his favour.
Easy to back when a well beaten 11th on debut at Galway and 8L behind re-opposing Jassaar who was also making his first racecourse appearance there. Should improve but unlikely to find enough here.
Group and Listed placed two-year-old has proven frustrating this season with defeats in three maidens including at 1/4 first time out. Tries a new trip now but surely will win a contest such as this sooner rather than later.
Improved on debut run when second over 1m at Leopardstown and doing her best work at the finish there over 1m. More improvement probably needed here but trip may bring that about so is respected.
Outran odds of 150/1 latest when seventh of 16 at Gowran although never seriously threatening. Will need marked improvement although surely won't be such a price today.
Last Year's Winner
Sir Erec (11/8), Jassaar (2/1), Would Be King (9/2), Savitar (10/1), Tickled (16/1), Ciao (20/1), Shakespear'sgalley (20/1), Rising (20/1), Velsen (33/1), She's A Novelty (50/1), Doogan's Warren (50/1), Recommendation (66/1), Oh So Sensible (66/1), Rathbride Prince (66/1), Ballycastle Lad (100/1)
- Sir Erec
- Would Be King