KNIGHTSONE is still improving and won a shade cosily at Roscommon, despite veering across the track in the closing stages. He looks more than capable of defying a penalty if keeping a straight course this time. Araku Valley has run three times in the UK and produced his best effort last time when chasing home Oscar Hoof at Market Rasen. He should go well but a bigger threat may come from Some Officer, who hasn't been beaten far the last twice. The faster ground is an unknown, however. Black Lemonade probably has a bit of scope and a market move for newcomers Mister Bungle or Yeats Lodge would probably be significant.
Lagan Canal (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Keen hold early, prominent, not fluent 3 out, 4th next, under pressure when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 20, 8l behind Que Pasa (11-5) at Down Royal 2m Maiden Hurdle (5-6yo) gf in Jun.
Knightsone (IRE) 9-4fav (11-0) Waited with, 8th 5f out, progress to track leaders approaching straight, challenged and led from 2f out, veered badly left final furlong, stayed on, won at Roscommon 2m N H flat sft in Jun beating Rosetub (11-0) by 2 3/4l, 16 ran.
Araku Valley (IRE) 11-2 (10-13) Slowly away, behind, headway over 5f out, chased leaders over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Oscar Hoof (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Artan Gale (IRE) Artan gelding out of Midday Pie.
Bective Cave (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 7th halfway, soon ridden and dropped to rear, weakened, completely tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Drumgooland (11-11) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat sft in Sep.
Black Lemonade (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, moderate 7th under 4f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 7th of 17, 34l behind Devils Bride (12-0) at Roscommon 2m N H flat sft in Jun.
Michael Valentine (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression over 4f out, weakened before straight, tailed off, 9th of 17, well behind De Glebe Star (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 4f N H flat sft in May.
Mister Bungle (IRE) Chevalier gelding out of Swallowtailed Kite.
Some Officer (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Soon tracked leaders, closer in 5th under 4f out, in pursuit of winner in 2nd into straight, closed and kept on well under pressure final furlong, not quite get to winner, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind King Shabra (11-4) at Listowel 2m 4f N H flat gd in Jun.
The Day Is Done (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Ld til wknd to rr aftr 4out, sn bhnd, pu 3out, in a race won by Frankly Oscar (12-0) at Necarne 3m ire ptp sft in Jun, 12 ran.
Yeats Lodge (IRE) Sleeping Car gelding out of Reine Josephine.
Master Bones (IRE) Trans Island gelding out of Leaghillaun.
Foley Firth (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Mid-division, weakened 5f out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Springfield Way (12-0) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat gf in Aug '11.
Lady Derrinlaur (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden and no impression approaching straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 15, 6l behind Roisin Dubh (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat gd in Aug.
Back Before Dawn (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway approaching straight and 5th 2 out, went 3rd last but no impression on first 2, no chance with easy winner run-in and kept on one pace, 3rd of 17, 7l behind Green Dragon (11-2) at Tipperary 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Jun.