Grade 3 winning chaser Beau Michael has won three times on the Flat including on ground faster than he would have liked at Ballinrobe last time. He was earlier runner-up to another chaser in Headford Flyer and the latter should confirm the form on these terms and make his presence felt. Star Of Aragon was behind Beau Michael at Ballinrobe but he didn't enjoy the fast going and can definitely do better. Capellanus hasn't been running badly over hurdles and Whatuthink has been competing at a high level over timber and fences. ALHELLAL's two recent victories have been over 1m4f at Dundalk but he has no problems staying this trip having won over 2m4f over hurdles. He looks to be on a very lenient mark for his first venture into handicap company on Turf and gets the vote.
Admiral Barry (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division, moderate 9th halfway, no threat in straight, kept on one pace, 8th of 15, 14l behind Midnight Soprano (9-1) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in May.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 28-1 (9-2) Towards rear, never a factor, no threat in straight, last of 15, well behind Midnight Soprano (9-1) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in May.
Alhellal (IRE) 5-1 (9-13) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-80 pol in May beating Akinspirit (9-3) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Keep It Cool (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, 3rd halfway, ridden early straight and no impression in 5th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Northgate (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-100 pol in Apr.
Headford Flyer (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Soon tracked leaders, struggling approaching straight until strong run to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Clonmel 2m hcp 60-90 sft in May beating Beau Michael (8-6) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Beau Michael 13-2 (9-11) Tracked leaders, 4th from over 2f out, challenged under pressure and led inside final furlong, drifted left briefly, stayed on well, won at Ballinrobe 1m 6f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) gf in May beating Sounds Of Thunder (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Capellanus (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, last entering straight, 11th on outer 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 6l behind Royal Diamond (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Apr.
Whatuthink (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 14th of 16, 26l behind Hidden Universe (8-13) at Leopardstown 2m hcp sft in Nov.
Louisville Lip (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Towards rear, no impression from 3f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind Great Huzzar (8-12) at Gowran Park 1m hcp hvy in May.
Star Of Aragon (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Soon led, joined approaching 3f out, still travelling well until headed and no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 3 1/2l behind Beau Michael (9-11) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) gf in May.
Knockcroghery (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Chased leaders in 5th, ridden to go 3rd 2f out, no impression from 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 4l behind Caim Hill (11-2) at Wexford 2m mdn stks in May.