Truly Delightful only went up 2lb for winning at Ballinrobe and if the ground eases she can make her presence felt. SISTER SLEW, who won a 7f maiden at the fixture a year ago, was having her first start since October at Bellewstown earlier this month and ran well behind Strait Of Zanzibar. With that under her belt she's taken to gain her second victory at the Festival. Badger Daly had been racing exclusively at Dundalk before reverting to Turf and gaining an astonishing 10l victory at Gowran where Ross Coakley stole the race from the front. The assessor has been very harsh with a 15lb rise which will make this very much more difficult. Beau Satchel has definitely improved since stepping up in trip and still looks well enough treated to get into the mix while Moonbi Creek found 5f much too short at Navan last time and this is more his trip. UK raider Prime Exhibit is another interesting entry in a typically tough Galway handicap.
Connacht Council (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Slowly into stride and settled in 7th, dropped to rear after halfway, ridden 2f out and no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Naoise (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m hcp 50-75 gf in Jun.
The Black Devil (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden in 3rd early straight and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace under pressure, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Amber Romance (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f stks 0-75 hvy in Apr.
Danseur De Feu (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Dwelt, towards rear, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 5l behind Teocht (9-13) at Killarney 1m hcp gd.
Truly Delightful (IRE) 5-1 (9-9) Made all, ridden and strongly pressed 2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Ballinrobe 1m 1f stks 0-80 beating Que Sera Sera (9-2) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Mizyen (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Mid-division, improved on outer into 5th under 3f out and soon ridden, no impression and weakened from over 1f out, 11th of 16, 10l behind Pyromaniac (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gd in Jun.
Prime Exhibit 20-1 (9-8) In rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind My Single Malt (9-8) at Chester 1m ldy hcp (4) gf.
Sister Slew (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, no impression in 9th 2f out, stayed on into 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 12, 6l behind Strait Of Zanzibar (9-5) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 60-90 gd.
Badger Daly (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Made all, clear after 1 1/2f, well clear halfway, slightly reduced advantage 2f out and ridden, kept on well from over 1f out, won at Gowran Park 1m app hcp 47-65 gf beating Gold Falcon (9-7) by 10l, 9 ran.
Amazing Star (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, ran free early, no impression under 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 11, 9l behind Mezogiorno (8-13) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp gf.
Cairdiuil (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no impression on winner under 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 6l behind Panama Hat (9-8) at Naas 1m 2f hcp gf.
Halul 14-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 9l behind Artistic Integrity (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f hcp 47-70 gf.
Moonbi Creek (IRE) 13-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 3rd over 1f out, 2nd and no impression on winner inside final furlong, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Calm Bay (7-11) at Navan 5f app hcap gf in Jun.
Beau Satchel 4-1 (9-8) Settled 5th, pushed along approaching straight, improved into 3rd 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead close home, won at Listowel 1m hcp 47-65 gd in Jun beating Dragon Khan (9-12) by 1l, 9 ran.
Cool Athlete (IRE) 13-2 (9-12) Rear of mid-division, 9th 3 f out, soon ridden, 7th 1f out, kept on without threatening to go 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Millington (8-8) at Naas 1m app hcp 47-65 gf.
Al Fahidi (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 12, 5l behind Cool Athlete (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcap pol in Jan.
Postillion (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Always behind, no impression from 4f out, never a factor, last of 10, 17l behind Elusive Prince (10-0) at Killarney 1m hcp gd.
Longfield Lad (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, under pressure in 9th 2f out, kept on well final furlong, 4th of 17, 2 1/4l behind Beau Satchel (8-13) at Cork 7f hcp 47-65 in May.
Victor's Beach (IRE) 9-1 (9-2) Held up behind leaders, ridden entering straight, 6th 2f out, no impression, 5th of 10, 7l behind Elusive Prince (10-0) at Killarney 1m hcp gd.
Hughies Bay (IRE) 100-1 (9-10) Took keen hold, chased leaders, 5th approaching straight, 6th 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 11l behind Abushamah (9-5) at Roscommon 7f mdn stks gd in Jun.
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Lead, dropped to 2nd over 6f out, improved to dispute from 3f out and ridden over 2f out, headed just inside final furlong and no extra closing stages, 8th of 10, 3l behind General Bunching (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol.
Tahaf (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, 5th over 2f out, no impression inside final furlong and eased close home, 6th of 10, 6l behind Teocht (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m hcp 50-80.