After his winning start at Naas, War Envoy has twice finished behind Kool Kompany and also behind The Wow Signal so he's been keeping strong company. He's been given a few weeks off after a hectic opening and is likely to make further progress. CAPPELLA SANSEVERO finished in front of him in the Coventry Stakes when runner-up to The Wow Signal but behind him later in the Railway Stakes on this track. Ger Lyons' colt has since run very well in the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes behind Dick Whittington and that looks slightly the better form so he's the one to be on. Rapid Applause has also finished close up behind Dick Whittington and was probably unlucky in-running. He's a smart prospect and it would be no surprise to see him take this. All of the remainder will need to make major progress to trouble the principals.
Approbare (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, ran freely, led 2f out, soon ridden and headed 150 yards out, no extra, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Crescent (9-5) at Naas 7f 2yo mdn gf in Jul.
Cappella Sansevero 13-2 (9-3) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden to challenge 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, challenged 1f out, soon narrowly headed, kept on again close home, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Dick Whittington (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 1 (1) sft.
Invincible Diamond (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 4th halfway, ridden to lead under 2f out, stayed on well over 1f out, readily, won at Sligo 7f 2yo mdn aut beating Tagg's Island (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Rapid Applause 10-1 (9-3) Raced behind leaders in 4th, pushed along 2f out, short of room over 1f out, ridden in 3rd inside final furlong, kept on, never nearer, 3rd of 5, 1 1/4l behind Dick Whittington (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Shepherd's Purse 20-1 (9-5) A little uneasy in stalls, soon chased leaders on outer, 7th halfway, closer in 5th 2f out, challenged and led 1f out, soon briefly drifted left, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd beating Clutchingatstraws (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
War Envoy (USA) 5-2 (9-3) Held up, 5th halfway, switched right and ridden 1 1/2f out, 4th 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Kool Kompany (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Blackbriar 16-1 (9-0) Broke well and soon led on stands' side, travelled well halfway, ridden 1 1/2f out, stayed on well and asserted 150 yards out, readily, won at Cork 6f 2yo mdn gf beating I Will Excel (9-5) by 5l, 13 ran.