LINE DRUMMER ended his first campaign with a victory on soft ground at Tipperary in August. He reappeared with an impressive success there in May, again on ground with plenty of give, and found fast going against him after a long break at the beginning of this month. Today's easier conditions will help and he can get back to winning ways. Regulation has run his last five races here and performed with credit in all. However, he continues to climb the weights without winning and seems best on fast ground. Zalty has done well to win twice from just seven starts and doesn't look harshly treated at just 4lb higher than his victory at Leopardstown in June. Rocktique made a winning debut in a Navan maiden and though well beaten subsequently it was in a Listed contest.
Vastonea (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Rear of mid-division, pushed along halfway, no impression from 2f out, 10th of 20, 8l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf.
Line Drummer (FR) 14-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden on outer 2f out, no impression, 17th of 20, 15l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf.
Regulation (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, went 5th 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to go 2nd near line, 2nd of 20, 1 3/4l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf.
Beyond Thankful (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Soon chased leaders, lost place a bit from 2f out, 7th and no impression 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 4l behind Wannabe Better (8-12) at Killarney 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Sindjara (USA) 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division and 7th halfway, driven along approaching straight and soon no extra, weakened and eased final furlong, 15th of 16, 23l behind Tandem (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf in Jul.
Abbey Vale (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Mid-division, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 13th of 20, 12l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf.
Saratoga Baby (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, headway to challenge 2f out and ridden to lead well over 1f out, soon asserted and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Laytown 7f am hcp 50-80 beating Oor Jock (11-11) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Rocktique (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along early straight and no extra under 2f out, weakened final furlong, 9th of 11, 10l behind Venus de Milo (9-0) at Naas 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Zalty (FR) 13-2 (9-10) Waited with, niggled along towards rear approaching straight, closer in 6th 2f out, in a dispute of 3rd and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Maudlin Magdalen (8-12) at Killarney 1m hcp gd in Aug.
Back Burner (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Pushed along to lead and soon clear at fast pace, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened quickly, eased final furlong, 13th of 15, 24l behind Barack (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcp gd.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 25-1 (8-10) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden in 2nd 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, headed under 1f out, no impression, 6th of 15, 4l behind Barack (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcp gd.
Bravely Fought (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 13, 9l behind Iron Major (9-8) at Curragh 7f App hcp gf.
Castle Bar Sling (USA) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, pushed along into straight, lost place from 2f out, soon no impression, 9th of 10, 6l behind Maudlin Magdalen (8-12) at Killarney 1m hcp gd in Aug.
Podgies Boy (IRE) 9-4fav (8-12) Keen in rear, ridden and plenty to do 2f out, kept on to go a never nearer 4th post, 4th of 8, 5l behind Shifting Star (9-6) at Lingfield 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Jan '12.