THE VATICAN has a cracking pedigree and the fact that he hasn't raced since finishing third in a decent contest at Leopardstown almost a year ago is no cause for concern. He should go close and has more scope than the frustrating Wannabe Better. Saxo Jack ran better than expected on his debut at Navan but never looked like catching the winner. He should improve, however, while Teocht wasn't suited by dropping back to a mile last time and is better than that. The market will probably be the best guide as to what's expected of newcomers Al Destoor, Convocate and Snow Scene.
Merry Mast (USA) 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leader in 2nd and dropped to 4th halfway, driven along in 7th approaching straight and no extra from well over 2f out, 7th of 15, 46l behind Storm Away (10-7) at Tipperary 2m 4yo nhf gf.
Al Destoor Teofilo gelding out of In A Silent Way.
Black Ice (IRE) Great Exhibition gelding out of Dont Cross Tina.
Flight Ofthe Saker (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division best, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 19, 19l behind Qewy (9-5) at Navan 1m 2f mdn stks.
Jumaira Tower (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, ridden and no impression in 9th early straight, 8th of 11, 11l behind Ruler Of The World (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo mdn in Apr.
Saxo Jack (FR) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, headway in 8th 3f out, ridden into 5th 2f out, 3rd 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 19, 5l behind Qewy (9-5) at Navan 1m 2f mdn stks.
The Vatican (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along in 4th before halfway, went 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace without troubling first 2, 3rd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Flying The Flag (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo stk gs in Jul.
Brookland Breeze (IRE) Amadeus Wolf filly out of Gold Marie.
Convocate (USA) Exchange Rate filly out of Private Line.
Flowing Air (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden in 8th and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 15, 10l behind Sleeping Beauty (9-0) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f fll mdn stks gf.
Newellen (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, progress into 4th entering straight, soon ridden, no impression from 1 1/2f out, 5th of 9, 9l behind Impound (9-5) at Killarney 1m 2yo mdn in Sep.
Snow Scene (IRE) Singspiel filly out of Snow Peak.
Teocht (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Rocktique (9-0) at Navan 1m fll mdn stks gf.
Wannabe Better (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Soon tracked leaders in 4th, niggled along 2f out, not getting there from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Tropical Mist (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f 3yo fll stks gf in May.