Midnight Oil tackles this trip for the first time and has always looked like a stayer. He was just touched off by a stable companion on the Flat last time and it would be no shock if the same thing happened here as Darroun is another who looks sure to appreciate stepping up to this trip for the first time after his battling victory over 2m4f at Ballinrobe. Gimli's Rock won this a year ago, his last success, but was a couple of lengths behind Edeymi when they met on the Flat at Galway a week go with DOMINATION just a head behind the winner. The latter is given the nod here as he appears to have improved on the level and comes out best at the weights.
Midnight Oil 10-3 (11-12) Chased leaders, slow 3rd, 4th halfway, slight mistake 8th, headway into 3rd 3 out, ridden into 2nd 2 out where mistake, no impression winner when slight mistake last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Bondage (11-7) at Killarney 2m 4f hdl sft in May.
Darroun (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Led, headed 4 out and soon niggled along, ridden in 2nd when mistake 2 out, went close 2nd at last, kept on under pressure run-in to lead at line, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hdl gd in Jul beating Aranhill Chief (11-5) by ns, 8 ran.
Gimli's Rock (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Soon chased leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along 4 out, ridden before straight, kept on under pressure, ran on from last to go 2nd, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Oilily (10-7) at Cork 2m 4f hdl gf in Jul.
Railway Icon (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway into 5th 3 out, ridden into 2nd 2 out, led approaching last, kept on well run-in, won at Cork 3m mdn hdl gf in Jul beating Minella Fiveo (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 22 ran.
Domination 4-1 (11-3) Waited with, niggled along from halfway, no impression from 4 out, 6th of 10, 22l behind Shadow Catcher (11-6) at Down Royal 2m hdl gf in Jun.
Edeymi (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, 5th before straight, ridden into 3rd 2 out, no impression in 2nd last, 3rd and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Oilily (10-7) at Cork 2m 4f hdl gf in Jul.
Salesin 14-1 (11-3) Pushed along early and led briefly 2nd, soon raced 2nd, weakened quickly from 4 out, 12th of 14, 49l behind Security Breach (10-7) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl gf in Jun.