Cape Clear Island was well supported for his debut here three weeks ago and, though he looked like winning, he couldn't hold the late thrust of Bertie Le Belge who looks useful. Back in fourth place and catching the eye with a late run was BALDONNEL and it's Dermot Weld's grey who is taken to improve enough and gain his first success. Tommy Stack won this last year so the speedily-bred Accepted, a half-brother to five winners, is one to keep an eye on along with Jim Bolger's Dunquin, a son of Cape Cross out of a Group 2 7f winner. Aidan O'Brien also runs U S Navy Seal, a dfisappointing favourite at Leopardstown, and the War Front colt Siege Of Orleans, who is out of a Grade 3 winner in the USA.
Accepted (IRE) Approve colt out of Birthday Present.
Baldonnel (USA) 6-1 (9-5) Held up, 9th halfway, pushed along over 2f out, went 4th from 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 4l behind Bertie Le Belge (9-2) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn.
Cape Clear Island (IRE) 11-8fav (9-5) Soon tracked leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along over 2f out, soon gained narrow lead, strongly pressed from 1f out, kept on well, headed closing stages, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Bertie Le Belge (9-2) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn.
Cognitive Ease Dutch Art colt out of Highland Starlight.
Dudes And Diamonds Azamour colt out of Ethel Smyth.
Dunquin (IRE) Cape Cross colt out of Last Resort.
Fit For The Job (IRE) Lawman gelding out of Spesialta.
Siege Of Orleans (USA) War Front colt out of Watch.
Swordfight (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden under 2f out and soon dropped to rear, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 7, 7l behind Tombelaine (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd.
U S Navy Seal (USA) 6-5fav (9-5) Led or disputed lead, led approaching straight, ridden and headed 1f out, no impression in 6th when short of room 100 yards out, eased, last of 7, 10l behind Tombelaine (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd.
Windsor Beach (IRE) Starspangledbanner colt out of Highindi.
Del's Delight (IRE) Big Bad Bob filly out of Kalabunga.