SHUKHOV has questions to answer after he finished tailed off on his reappearance on soft ground at Naas a fortnight ago but his two runs here last season produced two narrow defeats and in the hope that a return to the surface is what's required he gets the vote. Mesariya began by landing a Leopardstown maiden last March and has raced in much better company subsequently including in Group 3s. This is a massive drop in class and his stable are very adept at placing their horses so he has to be of interest if attracting support. Like Magic has yet to be placed in four runs on the surface though he's been going well on Turf while He's Got Rhythm has some strong Polytrack form though he's only been successful once in 24 starts. Bon Accord was beaten a head over the C&D on his only start here while Mount Meru is another to consider in a wide-open claimer.
Shirley Schmidt (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden into 7th and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 15, 10l behind Regulation (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn stks sft in Jun.
Mesariya (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, trailing final furlong, 6th of 7, 30l behind Tannery (8-9) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) hvy in May.
Invincible Soul (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Waited with, 11th halfway, headway over 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 11th of 13, 12l behind Mighty Whitey (9-6) at Sligo 1m 2f clm stks gs in Jun.
Like Magic (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Chased leaders on outer, 6th halfway, some headway into 3rd final furlong, no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Patrickswell (8-13) at Down Royal 5f hcp 50-80 sft in Jun.
He's Got Rhythm (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 12, 3l behind Balladiene (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m hcp 50-75 sft in Jun.
Clara Zetkin 25-1 (8-6) Led, headed 3f out and soon weakened, last of 15, 44l behind Rock On Ciara (8-8) at Curragh 7f fll hcp sft in Jun.
Bon Accord (FR) 8-1 (9-9) Mid-division best, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 13th of 18, 19l behind Man Of Erin (9-4) at Fairyhouse 7f stks gf in Jun.
Love Nest 11-2 (9-2) Raced wide mid-division, ridden over 2f out, not pace to challenge, 8th of 13, 4l behind Storm Runner (8-5) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Perfect Godess (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Dwelt and towards rear, no impression from 3f out, 9th of 10, 20l behind Balladiene (9-9) at Gowran Park 7f hcp 50-75 hvy.
Shukhov (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, eased when beaten final furlong, last of 19, 35l behind Our Conor (9-3) at Naas 1m 3yo hcp 47-75 in Jun.
Baffles Brains (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division on inner, ridden and progress in 6th 2f out, no extra, 7th of 16, 10l behind Brog Deas (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m 3yo hcp 47-75 sft in Apr.
Mount Meru 7-1 (9-2) Led, strongly pressed and ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out and soon no extra, weakened, last of 5, 9l behind Dark Passion (9-9) at Naas 7f 3yo hcp 60-90 gf in Jun.
Baiadilla Beach (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Always behind, never a factor, 13th of 14, 24l behind Kanes Pass (9-6) at Tipperary 5f hcp 47-65 hvy in Apr.
Sophies Echo (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place and no impression under pressure from over 1f out, 12th of 14, 9l behind Winning Impact (9-12) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-85 sft.