It should be no surprise than not one favourite has won in eleven years. Aidan O'Brien won this a few years ago with Poet and will probably have the market leaders this time. Francis Of Assisi has won his last two races on very testing ground so how he handles these conditions is an unknown factor but he's obviously useful. His stablemate Line Drummer also loved the testing ground when last seen easily landing a Tipperary handicap in May for which he was handed a 14lb rise in the weights. Sweet Lightning also appears best with plenty of give and Johnny Murtagh may have a better chance with Campanology. John Oxx tries Karamaya in first time blinkers after she ran in snatches here last time but it's STUCCODOR who is taken to return to winning ways. He was behind stablemate Northern Rocked at Galway on his bid for a six-timer but that was over 7f and this is more his trip. There is plenty of UK interest but this looks like staying at home.
Ansgar (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Soon led, ridden entering straight and kept on under pressure from over 1f out, no extra and headed near line, 2nd of 7, nk behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Sweet Lightning 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders in 6th, some headway into 4th early straight but no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 7, 12l behind Scintillula (8-11) at Leopardstown 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Stuccodor (IRE) 4-1fav (9-9) Rear of mid-division, 10th before straight, ridden to chase leaders inside final furlong, stayed on well without getting there, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Northern Rocked (8-3) at Galway 7f hcp sft in Aug.
Francis Of Assisi (IRE) 11-10fav (9-3) Tracked leader, close 3rd halfway, improved to lead over 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong to go clear, eased close home, won at Curragh 7f 3yo ext hcp hvy in Mar beating Einsteins Folly (9-4) by 4l, 7 ran.
Tobann (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Ponied to start, waited with towards rear, didn't get trouble free passage, 8th 2f out, ridden into 6th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Fiesolana (9-10) at Tipperary 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Global Village (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden in 13th 2f out, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 10th of 18, 17l behind Brendan Brackan (9-6) at Galway 1m hcp in Jul.
Dance And Dance (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Raced stand side, steadied start, held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never nearer, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Glen Moss (9-7) at Newbury 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Moran Gra (USA) 11-4 (9-4) Disputed 2nd, ridden and dropped to 3rd entering straight, kept on same pace in 3rd from 2f out, 3rd of 4, 5l behind Fortify (9-6) at Naas 1m stks gf in Jul.
Vastonea (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, 5th 3f out, ridden into 3rd 2f out, 2nd entering straight, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 10l behind Brendan Brackan (9-6) at Galway 1m hcp in Jul.
Anderiego (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace final furlong, 8th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Mont Ras (8-10) at York 1m hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Line Drummer (FR) 6-1 (9-10) Towards rear early, mid-division in 8th halfway, good headway on inner entering straight, 5th 2f out, improved to challenge 1 1/2f out, soon led, ridden clear final furlong, comfortably, won at Tipperary 7f 3yo hcp hvy in May beating Caesaria (9-9) by 6l, 11 ran.
Campanology 9-2 (9-9) Held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, no impression in 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 6l behind Castle Guest (8-10) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gd in Aug.
Regulation (IRE) 7-1 (10-1) Dwelt and settled towards rear, some headway 2f out and ridden in 10th over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 4l behind Jayed Jidan (9-4) at Curragh 1m hcp gd in Aug.
Karamaya (IRE) 7-2fav (9-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along 3f out and no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 3/4l behind Jayed Jidan (9-4) at Curragh 1m hcp gd in Aug.
Northern Rocked (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Led early and tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd early straight and tried to challenge when checked early final furlong, not recover, 8th of 18, 5l behind Tobann (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Aug.
Abbey Vale (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along into 3rd 2f out, soon disputed, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 14, 3l behind Saxo Jack (8-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Aug.
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 28-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden in 11th 2f out, kept on same pace, 10th of 23, 3 1/2l behind Corporal Maddox (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Golden Shoe (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Prominent and disputed lead, headed and ridden 2f out, no impression under pressure inside final furlong and dropped to 4th final 100 yards, 4th of 16, 1 1/2l behind Jayed Jidan (9-4) at Curragh 1m hcp gd in Aug.
Mordanmijobsworth (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 9, 10l behind Castle Guest (8-10) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gd in Aug.
Target Acquired (IRE) 7-2fav (9-7) Monty Roberts rug for stalls entry and loaded without rider, prominent, in a dispute of 3rd and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Maudlin Magdalen (8-12) at Killarney 1m hcp gd in Aug.