John Oxx has won this three times in recent years and though last year's easy Cesarewitch winner Minsk will need to improve greatly on his recent effort behind today's rival CHAMONIX there is every chance he will do so as that was his first start since finishing runner-up in a Grade 2 over hurdles in February. The latter goes from strength-to-strength, however, and has comfortably seen off stablemate Demurely in his two latest starts at this level. He is still on the upgrade and should take this though Midnight Soprano loves this track and trip and, if it comes down to a stamina test, she won't be found wanting. Devotion, a stablemate of the selection, has generally competed at a higher level but has become disappointing.
Midnight Soprano (IRE) 15-2 (9-5) In touch, headway over 3f out, disputing 2nd from 3f out, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 10l behind Wild Coco (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Minsk (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Waited with in rear, closer in moderate 4th into straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace in moderate 3rd from over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Chamonix (9-4) at Listowel 1m 4f Listed stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Hittin'the Skids (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, 3rd halfway, in touch under pressure 2f out, soon weakened, eased final furlong, 12th of 14, 15l behind Daisy Mountain (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 gd.
Chamonix (IRE) Evensfav (9-4) Made all, asserted into straight, stayed on well, very easily, won at Listowel 1m 4f Listed stks (1) hvy in Sep beating Demurely (8-12) by 4l, 6 ran.
Encrypted Message (IRE) 5-1fav (9-2) Always towards rear, weakened entering straight, completely tailed off, last of 13, well behind One Cool Shabra (8-4) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Demurely (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Waited with, moderate 5th into straight, soon no impression, went in puruit of winner and kept on without threatening from 1 1/2f out, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Chamonix (9-4) at Listowel 1m 4f Listed stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Devotion (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) In rear, no impression from 3f out, 9th of 10, 16l behind Aloof (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Sep.