MASAI started odds-on for his debut over 7f at Leopardstown early last month and, though beaten into third, ran well. He couldn't cope with very heavy ground at Listowel 10 days later but this should be within his capabilities. Bonjour Bob has been beaten a total of 18 lengths in his two starts and may find some of these too quick for him. Go Placidly made a very encouraging start over this trip at the Curragh but couldn't cope when stepped up a furlong at Roscommon. Paddy Mac's best run came when attempting to make all over 7f at Sligo where he wasn't caught until the final furlong but the main threat looks to be Green Tag, who has only raced over 7f so far and has been showing very good pace before being swallowed up late on.
Bonjour Bob (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders on inner, 3rd entering straight and soon ridden along, no impression on winner from 1f out and kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Tahaany (9-0) at Leopardstown 6f 2yo mdn gf in Jul.
Finn River (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 12, 23l behind Simple Love (9-0) at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo mdn aut gd in Jul.
Go Placidly (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Waited with, closer in moderate 5th over 2f out, soon no impression and no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 9, 13l behind Letterfromamerica (8-11) at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn aut gf in Jul.
Green Tag (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Always prominent, 2nd 2f out, challenged and on terms 1f out, not match principals and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Pit Stop (9-2) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn auc stks pol.
Kernoff (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression 2f out, 15th of 19, 16l behind Guerre (9-5) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Masai (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Dwelt, soon chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 3rd and no impression 2 1/2f out, kept on one pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 9, 20l behind Shining Emerald (9-5) at Listowel 7f 2yo mdn hvy in Sep.
Paddy Mac (USA) 16-1 (9-5) Waited with towards rear, 7th on outer from 3f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 6th of 8, 11l behind Kingfisher (9-5) at Killarney 1m mdn stks gd in Aug.
Punch Bag (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Soon behind near side, 13th of 14, 22l behind Diamond Stilettos (8-11) at Tipperary 5f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Silver Gauntlet (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Pushed along early to soon chase leaders, under pressure and lost place before straight, soon in rear and no extra, lame, last of 12, 38l behind Persian Caliph (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Sep.
Twistsandturns (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outer, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 11th of 19, 13l behind Guerre (9-5) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.