ALONG CAME CASEY had few problems landing a Listed contest at Gowran a couple of weeks ago when Say finished third, Aloof fourth and Hanky Panky fifth. It's difficult to imagine any of the beaten horses reversing the form and Dermot Weld's mare should score again. Bunairgead ran well behind Venus De Milo at Naas in June and Cork earlier this month but this looks tougher and Pearl Of Africa is stepping out of handicap company with plenty to find on official ratings.
Along Came Casey (IRE) 6-4fav (9-11) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, improved to challenge 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) gd in Aug beating Belle de Crecy (9-8) by 3l, 11 ran.
Aloof (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Soon chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden to challenge 2f out, no extra in 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 5l behind Along Came Casey (9-11) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) gd in Aug.
One Spirit (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Led early, prominent, still 2nd 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Fiesolana (9-10) at Tipperary 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Bunairgead (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Raced keenly in 2nd, ridden over 1f out and no impression on winner inside final furlong, kept on same pace under pressure to hold on for 2nd, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Venus de Milo (8-13) at Cork 1m 4f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Hanky Panky (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Soon tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, no extra in 5th and kept on same pace 1f out, 7th of 10, 6l behind Wannabe Better (8-12) at Killarney 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Pearl Of Africa (IRE) 9-2 (9-12) Soon raced in 6th, 7th from halfway, ridden to challenge and lead from 1f out, stayed on well, won at Curragh 1m fll hcp gf in Jul beating Saratoga Baby (9-6) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Say (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) Held up in 5th, headway on inside over 3f out, switched right 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, always held, 2nd of 9, nk behind Our Obsession (8-8) at York 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf in Aug.