GREEK CANYON defied a long absence to beat Caprella in a driving finish at Naas and Ger Lyons' charge can go in again. Harry Trotter, who finished fifth, has scored at the Curragh subsequently to boost the form. Diplomat was an odds-on chance on his reappearance at Limerick but couldn't hold Croi An Or. All three of his races to date have been over a mile and this is a big drop in trip. Nini Ok only had three rivals to beat at Kempton in November but did it well and made a very promising return behind Slade Power at Cork. She's on the upgrade and should go well while neither Colour Of Love, who has raced in better company, nor Knock Stars, who hasn't had conditions to suit, are out of this.
Colour Of Love (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) In touch with leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no impression, last of 7, 6l behind New Magic (8-7) at Gowran Park 7f fll hcp gs in May.
Knock Stars (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Mid-division, ridden into 8th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 5l behind My Girl Anna (9-6) at Navan 5f hcp gd in May.
Greek Canyon (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on well under pressure inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Naas 6f 3yo hcp in May beating Caprella (8-9) by hd, 11 ran.
Diplomat (USA) 4-5fav (9-5) Led inside first couple of furlongs, strongly pressed and headed 1f out, kept on without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Croi An Or (9-5) at Limerick 1m 3yo mdn aut gd in Mar.
Harry Trotter (IRE) 9-1 (8-4) Towards rear, headway on stands' rail and not clear run over 1f out, gained gap and went 8th inside final furlong, quickened well to lead final 50 yards, won at Curragh 6f hcp gd in May beating Jembatt (8-4) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Nini Ok (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Led, edged right under pressure and bumped rival 1f out, continued to drift right and headed final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Slade Power (9-7) at Cork 6f 3yo hcp gf in Apr.