Bob Lingo warmed up for his spectacular victory in the Galway Plate by running second in this a year ago. He was beaten 12l, however, and will surely find the ground too quick this time. Aidan O'Brien was the successful trainer last year and though today's representative Royal Irish Hussar was beaten out of sight on his belated debut in April there's probably much more to come. Train Of Thought, a novice hurdle winner at last season's Galway Festival, is another likely to be warming up for another crack and there must have been something amiss with Gerdago at Tipperary last time as he'd shown promise earlier. LAGAN CANAL has won two of his last three races in bumpers on fast going and should have enough pace to see off these rivals with conditions in his favour.
Bob Lingo (IRE) 9-1 (10-5) Waited with well off pace towards rear, progress to chase leaders but no impression straight, moderate 2nd and kept on without troubling winner from 1f out, 2nd of 10, 12l behind Chamonix (9-5) at Killarney 1m 6f mdn stks in Jul '12.
Lagan Canal (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway into 8th 5f out, 5th 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Bellewstown 2m 1f N H flat gf beating Knightsone (11-1) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Regusci (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Slowly away and in rear, good headway on outer after halfway and 6th entering straight, soon no impression on easy winner, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 17l behind Cardinal Palace (8-12) at Bellewstown 1m 4f mdn stks gf.
Train Of Thought (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Settled in 4th and distance behind clear leader well before halfway, ridden approaching straight and some headway in 3rd under 2f out, no real impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 16l behind Writers Block (11-0) at Leopardstown 1m 6f amat mdn stks gf.
Gerdago (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders on inner in 3rd, pushed along and lost place approaching straight, soon weakened and eased when beaten, 10th of 11, 35l behind Zarkiyr (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f mdn stks gf in Jun.
Keychain (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Waited with, 6th approaching straight, 5th from 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 12l behind Durand (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut gf in Jun.
Royal Irish Hussar (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Soon well off pace towards rear, pushed along over 6f out, soon no impression, kept on, 8th of 12, 26l behind We'll Go Walking (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 4f 3yo mdn gd in Apr.