Connections of VASTONEA will be very pleased to have seen the rain over the past few days and he's taken to follow-up last year's victory over Pintura. His three victories to date have all come on soft ground so any further downpours will greatly aid his cause. Fortify, Tandem and Ansgar are all very closely matched on recent collateral form and the former may just be progressing fast enough to come out best of the trio while Brian Ellison does well on his visits to Ireland so the in-form Global Village has to be a threat. Declan Carroll has also been making a name for himself here recently so watch out for the lightly-weighted Swiftly Done, who ran well behind Ansgar at the Curragh last month.
Captain Joy (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, keen hold, niggled along in 5th into straight, 6th 2f out, closer order under pressure on outer 1f out, kept on final furlong without getting to 1st 2, 3rd of 9, 1l behind Count Of Limonade (9-0) at Curragh 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Jun.
Fortify 8-11fav (9-6) Made all, ridden and went clear 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Naas 1m stks gf beating Hot Bed (10-0) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Ansgar (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Close up in 2nd, led from halfway, ridden clear 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Jun beating Fortify (9-5) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Pintura 16-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 8, 22l behind Baltic Knight (8-10) at York 1m Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Jun.
Brendan Brackan (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, 4th 2f out, 5th under pressure 1f out, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 3l behind Count Of Limonade (9-0) at Curragh 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Jun.
Tandem 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders in 5th, headway entering straight and led well over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf beating Fortify (9-4) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Global Village (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, went 3rd final 100 yards until one pace nearing finish, 4th of 25, 1 3/4l behind Haaf A Sixpence (8-3) at Newbury 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs in Apr.
Vastonea (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders on inner and 8th halfway, ridden and no impression early straight, no extra final furlong, 12th of 16, 16l behind Tandem (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf.
Brog Deas (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Waited with in rear of mid-division, some headway into 8th early straight, no impression in 4th from 1f out, kept on one pace under pressure, 4th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Tandem (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf.
Campanology 12-1 (8-12) Towards rear stands' side, driven over 2f out, soon ridden and one pace, never dangerous, 15th of 27, 9l behind Lightning Cloud (8-13) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) gf in Jun.
Billyford (IRE) 10-1 (9-8) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden along in 2nd 2f out, soon disputed lead, led 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra close home, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Royal Blue Star (8-10) at Killarney 1m stks gf.
Beyond Thankful (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) 14th of 19, 22l behind Intello (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gs in Jun.
Salam Alaykum (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Prominent, led 4f out, soon ridden, headed 2f out, weakened, 8th of 12, 14l behind Dabadiyan (8-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Seanie (IRE) 2-1fav (9-7) Settled in rear, not clear run from over 1f out, switched right and still denied clear run inside final furlong, went 4th close home, 4th of 5, 4l behind Bronte (9-2) at Tipperary 7f hcp gf.
Swiftly Done (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 3f out, 8th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 7l behind Ansgar (9-7) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Jun.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 20-1 (9-1) Soon chased leaders, lost place and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 7l behind Eastern Rules (9-4) at Curragh 7f hcp gf.
Captain Cullen (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, good headway into 2nd 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Leopardstown 1m app hcp 50-80 gf beating Knights Templar (9-6) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Golden Shoe (IRE) 2-1fav (9-13) Chased leaders in 5th, ridden in 5th entering straight, soon no impression, 6th of 7, 11l behind Jazz Girl (10-0) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f stks 0-80 gd.