Texas Rock landed a 7f maiden on fast going at Down Royal but makes his handicap debut under top weight on much softer ground. It will take a big effort for him to succeed while Expensive Taste could find this too sharp as he scored over 7f at the Galway Festival before finding a mile too far there a few days later. Mansuri has yet to win and has been racing over much further so JOHNNY LAWMAN looks the one to be on. He probably didn't have much to do when landing a Tipperary maiden but did it in the style of a progressive type and makes his handicap debut on a fair mark. Another handicap debutant, Dark Alliance, may prove best of the remainder though Bobby's Heart was well supported when finishing last at Galway.
Texas Rock (IRE) 10-3 (9-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, under pressure and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Down Royal 7f mdn stks gf in Jul beating Intisaab (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Expensive Taste (IRE) 5-1 (10-5) Chased leader, 6th halfway, progress into 2nd over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression on winner entering straight, no extra final furlong, 9th of 14, 13l behind Botanical Lady (8-8) at Galway 1m 3yo hcp 50-70 gd.
Mansuri 5-2 (9-7) Led, driven over 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, kept on and just failed to snatch 2nd on line, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Teoleena (9-2) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo hcp gf in Jun.
Dark Alliance (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Held up, 11th before straight, ridden to go moderate 5th 1f out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 6th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Beyond Brilliance (8-7) at Fairyhouse 7f mdn auc stks in May.
Johnny Lawman (IRE) 7-4 (9-5) Made all, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, won at Tipperary 5f mdn stks gf in Jul beating Forebear (8-9) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Bobby's Heart (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Soon led, joined from before halfway, headed 2f out, edging right towards rail final furlong, soon no extra and eased, last of 10, 11l behind Expensive Taste (9-6) at Galway 7f 3yo hcp 50-80 gd in Jul.
Kilruane Shea (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Soon in rear, stumbled inside first 2f, pushed along 3f out, no impression and kept on straight, 6th of 10, 7l behind Expensive Taste (9-6) at Galway 7f 3yo hcp 50-80 gd in Jul.
Local Flier 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, ridden to challenge 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 5l behind Fix It (8-10) at Down Royal 7f hcp gf in Jul.
Miss Spellt (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Soon led and clear, reduced lead after 3f, strongly pressed and joined 2f out, soon headed, dropped to moderate 5th and no extra 1f out, 6th of 7, 11l behind Photo Call (9-0) at Fairyhouse 7f 3yo fll stks gf in Jun.
Affectionate Lady (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, ran freely, led after 2f, headed early straight, ridden and no extra in 5th 1f out, weakened, 6th of 9, 9l behind Sea Coast (9-0) at Naas 1m fll mdn stks gf in Jul.
Topman Dandy (IRE) 20-1 (7-11) Stumbled leaving stalls, soon raced in 5th, 4th 1f out, soon no impression, switched right closing stages, one pace, 6th of 7, 5l behind Body Beautiful (9-5) at Bellewstown 5f 3yo hcp gd in Jul.