Maal has won seven times on the Flat but not for over two years. He's dropped to a lowly mark as a result and ran his best race for some time at Tipperary last time where he had the favourite Apache Gold 4l behind. The latter should get much closer over this longer trip and rates a threat to all while it's about time Zelos Dream was winning again and she ran really well at Gowran a fortnight ago when House Limit was behind. WHITETHORNE SCENT has yet to win a race and has done much of her racing on Polytrack but she's shown promise and, as she can't get much lower in the ratings, is taken to spring a surprise.
Duke Of Mornington (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Rear of mid-division and 10th halfway, ridden entering straight and no extra from 2f out, 10th of 13, 9l behind So Devoted (9-7) at Leopardstown 6f hcp gd.
Harmonie (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Tracked leader on inner and 4th halfway, ridden approaching straight and soon no extra, 10th of 17, 13l behind Toufan Express (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 sft in Jul.
House Limit (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden over 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 16, 9l behind Ned's Indian (8-6) at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 47-65 gd.
Duke of Dance (IRE) 7-2fav (9-9) Led, ridden and headed under 4f out, moderate 3rd 2f out, soon no impression, 4th of 9, 11l behind Melanippe (8-7) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-70 fm in Jun.
Hootie (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders on inner and took keen hold, 2nd halfway, pushed along early straight and no extra under 2f out, weakened, 8th of 15, 10l behind Sheilas Wish (9-9) at Cork 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gd.
Whitethorne Scent 9-2 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden into 8th 2f out, 7th and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 4l behind The Black Devil (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol.
Maal (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden into 7th 2f out, kept on well final furlong to 2nd, pressed winner close home, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Mamma Rosa (9-5) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-65.
Apache Gold (IRE) 5-2fav (9-4) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, 3rd and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 16, 4l behind Mamma Rosa (9-5) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-65.
Khelino (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden into 10th 2f out, 8th 1f out, kept on well final furlong to 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Maudlin Magdalen (8-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol.
Zelos Dream (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway into 5th 4f out, ridden in 2nd 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 2nd of 16, 4l behind Ned's Indian (8-6) at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 47-65 gd.
Crystal Harmony (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Waited with, 8th early, ridden to chase leaders but no impression from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 12, 7l behind Three Bells (9-12) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 47-65 gd.
Phoebe Van Gelder (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In rear, progress 3f out, ridden in 9th 2f out, no extra, 11th of 14, 15l behind Alghanem (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Tamujin (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 11th of 15, 16l behind Maundy Money (9-7) at Roscommon 7f hcp 47-65 gf in Jul.
The Galway Clock (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Towards rear, ridden 4f out, no impression, 9th of 12, 17l behind Diamond Pro (9-3) at Tramore 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gd.
Todd's Captain (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Soon disputed and led after 1f, ridden and headed entering straight, no extra over 2f out, weakened, last of 13, 22l behind High Octane (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f 2yo mdn aut gs in Sep.
Ned's Indian (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Soon led, pushed along approaching straight and headed 2f out, 3rd 1f out and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 7l behind Table Forty Six (9-1) at Wexford 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 gd.
Woodsophiesmile (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) In rear and pushed along early, some headway entering straight and went 4th over 1f out, switched left and challenged between horses inside final furlong, kept on well under pressure to lead final 50 yards, won at Galway 1m 3yo hcp 50-70 hvy beating New Regalia (9-5) by hd, 11 ran.