Handicaps don't come much tougher to unravel than this. South South West had a head to spare over STUCCODOR at Galway on Friday but the runner-up is expected to reverse the form and take this as he was having just his fourth career start. Xsquared is going well and his recent defeat by Waltzing Cat could be boosted when the winners contests the previous race. Maude Adams is making very good progress though she takes a big step-up in distance after scoring over 7f at Galway last week. Valbucca is still a maiden after 14 starts but has gone close on several occasions and arrives on a fair mark. Rasputin was staying on strongly over a mile at Wexford and with Johnny Murtagh back on board is expected to get into the mix.
Sli Na Fiarana 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sindjara (9-7) at Down Royal 1m 2f fll hcp gs in Jul.
Eastern Rules (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, 22l behind Elizabeth Coffee (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-75 pol in Nov.
Mctaggart (IRE) 7-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, progress from halfway, kept on without threatening from 2 1/2f out, 8th of 16, 9l behind Apache Gold (8-3) at Gowran Park 1m app hcp 47-65 hvy in Jul.
Stronger Than Me (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Soon mid-division, dropped to 11th and no impression under pressure from over 1f out, 10th of 14, 5l behind Winning Impact (9-12) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-85 sft in Jul.
Massabini (USA) 12-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, went 4th early straight, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 15, 7l behind Akram (9-4) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-65 sft in Jul.
Xsquared (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 2nd 2f out, challenged 1 1/2f out, no extra in 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Waltzing Cat (9-2) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp gd in Jul.
Maude Adams (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Prominent, close 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, 2nd entering straight, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, kept on well close home, won at Galway 7f 3yo mdn sft in Jul beating September Lily (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Porthaw (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outer, no threat from 3f out, 19th of 23, 30l behind Salam Alaykum (9-11) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gs in Jul.
Montrel 7-2 (10-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 9, 9l behind Sure Reef (9-10) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp in Jul.
Stuccodor (IRE) 5-1 (9-12) Soon mid-division, under pressure in 8th before straight, closed final furlong, challenged final 50yds, just held, 2nd of 12, hd behind South South West (9-0) at Galway 1m 3yo hcp 50-70 sft.
Valbucca (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Held up in rear of mid-division, some headway early straight and 6th 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to go 3rd, no chance with easy winner, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Inis Meain (8-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp sft in Jul.
Night Singer 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, kept on one paced, 5th of 15, 4l behind Gris Ladera (9-5) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 gd.
Rasputin (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Rear of mid-division, 10th 4f out, soon ridden, went 4th 1 1/2f out, stayed on to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Lady Jock (9-12) at Wexford 1m 3yo hcp 47-70 gd in Jul.
Lonrach (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Soon mid-division, closer in 5th 4f out, 6th into straight, chased leaders and no impression under pressure from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 14l behind Ursa Major (9-12) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 sft in Jun.
Phoebe Van Gelder (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Held up towards rear, some headway into 8th early straight, kept on inside final furlong to go 4th without troubling leaders, 4th of 15, 7l behind Akram (9-4) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-65 sft in Jul.
Mount Meru 12-1 (9-5) Never a factor, 13th of 16, 19l behind Wot A Shot (8-3) at Naas 1m app hcp 47-65 in Jul.
Green Chorus (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, soon no impression, trailing straight, 7th of 9, 36l behind Equity Swap (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp sft in Jun.
South South West (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon tracked leaders, under pressure in 4th before straight, challenged final furlong and led from 100yds out, stayed on, all out, won at Galway 1m 3yo hcp 50-70 sft beating Stuccodor (9-12) by hd, 12 ran.
Baffles Brains (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Dwelt, towards rear, 8th approaching 2f out, no impression and kept on under pressure without threatening from over 1f out, 5th of 9, 5l behind California Rose (8-9) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp in Jul.
Keep Swinging (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Reared and went right leaving stalls, settled towards rear, never a factor, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4l behind Stones Peak (8-9) at Curragh 6f hcp 50-80 hvy in Jul.
Ndege Tamu (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, 9th under 2f out, kept on, 6th of 14, 5l behind Lady Jock (9-12) at Wexford 1m 3yo hcp 47-70 gd in Jul.
Sian (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 14, 8l behind Russian Soul (9-7) at Down Royal 7f mdn stks gd in Jul.
Love Nest 8-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden early straight and 10th on outer 1 1/2f out, kept on inside final furlong without troubling leaders, 5th of 16, 8l behind Wot A Shot (8-3) at Naas 1m app hcp 47-65 in Jul.
Irish Reel (IRE) 14-1 (7-13) Led and disputed, led 4f out, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Sindjara (9-7) at Down Royal 1m 2f fll hcp gs in Jul.
Bachelor Affair 33-1 (10-1) Prominent and disputed lead, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, 10th of 11, 20l behind Shelford (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 4f mdn stks sft in Jul.