Aidan O'Brien had seven newcomers entered at the early stage and relies on Five Star General, a son of High Chaparral out of a winning miler, and Rip Van Winkle's brother ILLUSIVE, who should prove best of the pair at this stage and gets the vote to make a winning start. Leafcutter made a bright start here in June and started odds-on at Galway but didn't look enthusiastic in the closing stages and was beaten by Iniesta. He should do better as should Centre Of Interest, who caught the eye behind Agena at Leopardstown a week ago. No Wunder has been well beaten on both starts to date and will need to improve.
Aussie Valentine (IRE) Aussie Rules gelding out of Love Valentine.
Centre Of Interest (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 9, 4l behind Agena (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks gd.
Five Star General High Chaparral colt out of Rainbow Queen.
Hatch Hall Sleeping Indian colt out of Speech.
Highly Toxic (IRE) Dalakhani colt out of Chiang Mai.
Illusive (IRE) Galileo colt out of Looking Back.
Leafcutter (IRE) 8-13fav (9-5) Soon settled towards rear, a little keen and improved to track leaders before halfway, in pursuit of winner in 2nd over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace closing stage, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Iniesta (9-5) at Galway 1m 2yo mdn sft in Aug.
No Wunder 7-2 (9-5) Soon disputed lead, 2nd into straight, lost place from 2f out, no impression in last from over 1f out, last of 5, 13l behind Home School (9-5) at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn gf in Jul.
Obliterator (IRE) Oratorio colt out of Faraday Light.
Ocean Scene (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Waited with, moderate 8th over 3f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 7th of 9, 16l behind Bleeding Hearts (9-5) at Bellewstown 1m 2yo mdn aut gd in Aug.
Panama Hat 25-1 (9-5) In rear, 12th halfway, soon ridden, some modest late progress, 9th of 15, 17l behind Warbird (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f 2yo mdn aut gf.
Patannsen (IRE) Arakan colt out of Unknown Venture.
Port Merrion (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride and in rear, 13th halfway, soon no impression, 10th of 15, 18l behind Warbird (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f 2yo mdn aut gf.