It's impossible to look beyond CASAMENTO after his brilliant performance behind Pathfork in the Group 1 National Stakes here. Michael Halford's colt, racing in the famous colours of Sheikh Mohammed, went into Ireland's top juvenile event with just a Tipperary maiden success to his credit but he attracted plenty of support and gave followers of the unbeaten winner a real fright. Factum and Robin Hood represent Aidan O'Brien and the former, a winner on Polytrack last time, may just have the edge over his stablemate though he's just held by Mawaakef on their run at Killarney. Music In The Rain is progressing nicely but a place is the best he can hope for if Casamento is on song.
Casamento (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Soon led, headed 2f out, 2nd and ridden over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure last 100 yards, just failed, 2nd of 9, hd behind Pathfork (9-1) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1).
Factum (USA) 1-2fav (9-0) Prominent, led 5f out, ridden from early straight, narrowly headed over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong to regain lead on line, won at Dundalk 7f 2yo stks pol beating Triple Eight (9-6) by shd, 5 ran.
Hold The Aces 10-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden to lead 2f out, soon headed, 2nd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Rising Wind (8-12) at Listowel 1m 2yo mdn gd.
Mawaakef (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Tracked leaders in 5th, 4th and headway 1 1/2f out, 2nd and challenged inside final furlong, kept on well to lead close home, won at Killarney 1m 2yo mdn in Aug beating Factum (9-0) by nk, 15 ran.
Music In The Rain (IRE) 4-1 (9-3) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden when carried slightly right 1 1/2f out, soon led, edged slightly left inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Naas 1m 2yo mdn gd in Jul beating Enchanted Forest (9-3) by 2l, 12 ran.
Robin Hood (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Led, driven and headed 3f out, soon under pressure, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no chance with leading pair, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Singapore Lilly (8-9) at Haydock 1m 2yo lst stk (1) gf.
Rossvoss 16-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders on stand's side, 7th over 2f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 19, 7l behind Oracle (8-12) at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn.