The hunter Nevskij is in good form but likely to find this too short while War Of The Pennys ran poorly in a similar race at Cork. Up The Hill made all at Roscommon but this is a much stronger race and he wouldn't want any more rain. Eight Till Late was facing fast ground for the first time at Limerick and showed his liking for the surface with a battling performance. He'll improve again as will Riverside City, who has been progressing nicely though his maiden victory at Gowran came over 2m4f. He could provide the main danger to GRAND PARTNER, who has been steadily improving and was always travelling nicely when landing a Cork maiden. He could have too much basic speed for his rivals and can complete a double.
Eight Till Late (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Always prominent, took keen hold, led from 6 out, not fluent next, pressed straight, stayed on well run-in, won at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gf beating Sensing (11-5) by 2 1/2l, 15 ran.
Grand Partner (IRE) 4-7fav (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 3rd, improved travelling smoothly from 4 out, 3rd approaching straight where raced on outer, challenged 3 out where slight mistake, led 2 out, pressed and not fluent last, stayed on well closing stages, won at Cork 2m mdn hdl gf beating Bashful Beauty (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Riverside City (IRE) 5-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd 3 out, improved to lead entering straight, ridden after 2 out, pressed when mistake at last, kept on well under pressure run-in, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f 5yo mdn hdl gd in Jun beating Give Her Bach (11-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Up The Hill 6-1 (11-2) Made all, challenged briefly 3 out, ridden before 2 out where slight mistake, kept on well from before last, eased run-in, won at Roscommon 2m 4f cond mdn hdle gf beating Festival Opera (11-0) by 6l, 14 ran.
War Of The Pennys (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up, soon raced in 6th, jumped left 4 out and no impression, soon no extra, 6th of 7, 40l behind Celestial Prospect (11-0) at Cork 2m 4f hdl gf.
Crowley (IRE) 80-1 (11-9) Prominent, 3rd before straight, dropped to 6th before 2 out where mistake, soon no impression, one pace, 5th of 14, 25l behind Icy Reply (10-11) at Cork 3m mdn hdl gf.
Nevskij (IRE) 7-2 (12-2) Ld, slow & hdd 2nd, jmpd right throughout, ld 8th, 3l adv 5out, rddn when chall 2out, sn no ex, hdd cl home, 2nd of 13, nk behind Wiseoverbury (12-2) at Kinsale 4m ire ptp in May.
I Hear Trouble 20-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ran freely early, 4th halfway, ridden into close 3rd 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 8l behind Barnahash Rose (11-6) at Roscommon 2m mares n h flat gf.