BRENDAN BRACKEN is a genuine Group horse who is rarely beaten far at a higher level than this and he landed a Group 3 at the Curragh in September. He's bounced back to form after two poor runs at Meydan and can return to winning ways. Michaelmas had only three opponents to beat at Naas and owed much to an enterprising ride from Ana O'Brien to land the spoils. There could be more to come though he's disappointed on a few occasions. After completing a hat-trick in a Group 3 at the Curragh, Flying Jib was sent to Belmont Park from a Grade 1 fillies' event and ran well for a long way over the 1m2f trip so she has to be respected on her return to a mile. Witches Brew has more to offer but takes a big step-up in class but Dandy Boy could be suited by a return to this trip after racing mainly in sprints.
Brendan Brackan (IRE) 6-4fav (9-12) Broke smartly to lead, ridden 1 1/2f out, pressed from 1f out, headed close home and no extra, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Wannabe Better (9-6) at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Dandy Boy (ITY) 16-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden and some progress 2f out, kept on without threatening in 5th inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 2 3/4l behind Darwin (9-12) at Fairyhouse 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Tobann (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th entering straight, no impression and kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Dalkova (9-7) at Galway 7f fll lst stks (1) gd in Jul.
Prince Of All 66-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in 5th, pushed along and outpaced as pace lifted over 2f out, no chance after, last of 7, 6l behind Kingman (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Akira (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Slightly slow into stride, soon pushed along to lead, headed 3f out and ridden, no extra 2f out, last of 5, 24l behind Sun On The Run (9-11) at Tipperary 7f stks sft in Apr.
Flying Jib 5-1 (8-9) 5w upper, tired, 8th of 11, 10l behind Minorette (8-9) at Belmont Park(USA) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 in Jul.
Michaelmas (USA) 9-4 (8-6) Made all, ridden clear 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Naas 1m stks gf in Jul beating Bold Thady Quill (9-7) by 2l, 4 ran.
Shanooan (USA) 14-1 (8-6) Chased leader in 2nd, disputed lead 2 1/2f out, improved to lead narrowly and ridden 2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Curragh 1m fll hcp gf in Jul beating Sretaw (8-5) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Witches Brew (IRE) 4-7fav (9-0) Tracked leader, progress on rail to lead over 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Curragh 7f fll mdn stks gf in Jul beating Duchess Andorra (9-0) by 2l, 5 ran.