LONG LIVE THE KING stepped up in trip at Tipperary and made all to land a maiden in convincing fashion. This is much tougher but he's going the right way and can complete the double. Vastonea made a winning start at Leopardstown in October and made an encouraging reappearance at Cork. He'll improve for the run and looks a threat as does Wexford winner Quaintly, who ran very well behind Minsk at the Curragh subsequently. Why But Why came with a powerful late burst to score over 1m2f at Fairyhouse so the extra furlong here looks ideal and he should go well.
A Word Apart (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Chased leader, closed but lost place under 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 3rd and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Hurricane Havoc (8-9) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo stk gf in May.
Negotiate 8-1 (9-6) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden into 3rd 1f out, kept on final furlong into 2nd, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Sceal Nua (8-7) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo hcp 60-100 sft in Jun.
Vastonea (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 5th 2f out, ridden into 4th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Sceal Nua (8-7) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo hcp 60-100 sft in Jun.
Long Live The King (IRE) 5-2fav (9-2) Soon led and made virtually all, kept on well in straight, ridden and stayed on well final furlong, won at Tipperary 1m 4f mdn stks gf in Jun beating Let It Snow (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.
Gentleman Duke (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Chased leaders early, 8th halfway, weakened 3f out, 15th of 17, 39l behind Future Generation (9-4) at Curragh 1m 3yo hcp 60-90 gf in May.
Quaintly (USA) 13-2 (9-5) Led, headed 3f out, ridden and no extra from over 2f out, 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong into 2nd again, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Minsk (9-2) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gf in Jun.
Noble Call (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Led, pressed into straight, joined under 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Adiynara (8-13) at Tipperary 1m 1f 3yo stk 0-75 in Jun.
Why But Why (USA) 6-1fav (8-6) Held up towards rear, headway entering straight when went wide, ridden into 7th 2f out, stayed on to lead 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Fairyhouse 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-75 gd in Jun beating Fairylike (8-6) by 1 3/4l, 17 ran.