THE HERDS GARDEN made a highly promising debut at Down Royal earlier this month when runner-up to the talented Moonshine Lad, who had won his previous race and would have scored over timber subsequently but for falling at the last. Noel Meade's four-year-old can go one better as his maiden allowance might prove just enough to see off Shaneshill, who made most for a convincing victory at Naas. Aidan O'Brien's King Leon should do better over this trip after his debut over 2m3f at Naas while Thornfield did his best to make all at Punchestown a couple of weeks ago and only faded in the closing stages.
Gocheck (IRE) 15-2 (11-7) Settled in rear, pushed along and some headway over 2f out, no impression in 4th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 6l behind Ebazziyr (12-0) at Down Royal 2m N H flat.
High Stratos 7-2 (11-3) Tracked leader, challenged 8f out, led 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 9, 13l behind Another Hero (10-13) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Shaneshill (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Made all, ridden over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Naas 2m 4yo nhf beating Joshua Lane (11-7) by 2l, 12 ran.
Danesfort 4-1 (12-2) Mid div, prog to tr ldrs 4out, sn not qckn, wknd to rr & pu last, in a race won by Crazy Jack (12-2) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp gd, 11 ran.
Paddy's Faith (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Alw twrds rr, pu 4out, in a race won by Kilgefin Star (12-0) at Necarne 3m ire ptp sft in May, 11 ran.
Thornfield (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Led, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed over 1f out, dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Mr Boss Man (11-7) at Punchestown 2m N H flat.
King Leon (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Settled in rear of mid-division, pushed along in 8th entering straight and no extra in 6th under 2f out, 6th of 15, 27l behind Goldboy (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Rushvale (IRE) Moss Vale gelding out of Evidence.
The Herds Garden 9-2 (11-11) Held up in mid-division, 7th halfway, closer in 5th 3f out, challenged 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, no extra in 2nd final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Moonshine Lad (11-9) at Down Royal 2m N H flat sft.