LONGSHADOW has been handed an 11lb rise for an easy victory over 1m4f at Wexford where he led at tonight's trip but he can run with a 5lb penalty so looks well handicapped despite a big weight. He can win again with Ronan Whelan's claim a bonus. Sweet Refusal was six lengths behind but had an unlucky run and should finish much closer. She also has the beating of Sceilg on their form behind Todd at Limerick and both should enjoy the better ground. Stephen Hero looks a big threat as he was staying on very strongly over a mile at Naas and probably would have won in a few more strides.
Longshadow 4-1 (9-12) Always prominent, disputed lead from halfway, ridden to lead entering straight, stayed on well from 1f out, won at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 gd beating Longdock (8-9) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sceilg (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Waited with towards rear, progress 4f out, wide straight, no impression in 5th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Todd (9-2) at Limerick 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-70.
Sweet Refusal (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, effort to close from 3f out but not clear run, 8th travelling well behind horses 2f out, soon not clear run, ridden and ran on well final furlong, never nearer, unlucky, 4th of 10, 6l behind Longshadow (9-12) at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 gd.
Mystic Red (IRE) 25-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened from 3f out, last of 8, 29l behind Musical Peace (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo mdn aut fll sft.
Skimming Stone (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Towards rear, 6th under 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 6th of 8, 11l behind Eusepio (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn auc stks pol in Mar.
Stephen Hero (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Towards rear, headway into 10th 1f out, ran on well without threatening final furlong, 4th of 15, 1/2l behind Snakes And Ladders (9-12) at Naas 1m 3yo hcp 47-65.
Melanippe (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Soon mid-division, 8th early, lost place a bit halfway, no impression from before straight, 10th of 14, 30l behind Todd (9-2) at Limerick 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-70.
Decathlon (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) In rear, ridden entering straight, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 13, 6l behind Paynes Find (9-3) at Gowran Park 7f 3yo hcp 47-65 sft.
High Hill Beauty (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) Always in rear, last of 7, 14l behind Curly Wee (9-0) at Cork 6f 2yo mdn in Aug.
Ruby Flipper (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Took keen hold early and led, joined halfway, ridden and headed entering straight, weakened, 7th of 10, 9l behind Longshadow (9-12) at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 gd.