Some smart bumpers here but DEVILS BRIDE has looked an outstanding prospect in both starts and, though carrying a penalty, looks the one to beat. Dermot Weld has kept Grecian Tiger back for this and he is an obvious threat. A close third in a Limerick Listed contest, he didn't run as well as expected when tackling Grade 1 company at the Punchestown Festival but with his allowances will ensure the selection doesn't have things his own way. Some Officer finally got off the mark at Sligo but will need another couple of gears against the two principals though he could still prove best of the remainder.
Devils Bride (IRE) 1-2fav (12-0) Led, headed after 7f, led again under 2f out, ridden clear from over 1f out, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Tipperary 2m N H flat gf in Jul beating Spa Hill (10-8) by 7l, 6 ran.
Ebazziyr (IRE) 11-4 (11-11) Chased leaders in 4th, closer entering straight, soon ridden and no impression in 4th over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 8l behind Made In Germany (11-11) at Curragh 2m mdn nhf gs in May.
Five Hawk Wings (IRE) 25-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, headway in 6th 4f out, closed in 5th 2f out, ridden to lead entering straight, soon clear, easily, won at Ballinrobe 2m N H flat sft in Apr beating Calibre Style (11-4) by 11l, 9 ran.
Some Officer (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, good headway to lead approaching straight and ridden to assert well over 1f out, driven out and kept on well, won at Sligo 2m 2f N H flat gd in Jul beating Close One (11-8) by 9l, 12 ran.
Grecian Tiger (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, ridden into moderate 7th entering straight, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 22l behind The Liquidator (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat (1) sft in Apr.
Knightsone (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, pushed along into 5th 3f out, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on final furlong to challenge closing stages, 2nd and held close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Lagan Canal (11-7) at Bellewstown 2m 1f N H flat gf in Jul.
Carrow Queen (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3f out, ridden in 3rd under 2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, all out to hold on, won at Ballinrobe 2m mrs N H flat hvy in May beating Miss Mardan (10-12) by nk, 10 ran.
Merrion Row (IRE) Milan gelding out of Diklers Dante.