It wasn't the greatest of maidens that Weather Watch won at Tipperary and the placed horses have been beaten subsequently but he'll improve for the experience and the assessor hasn't been too harsh. WAVER is a son of Galileo out of a useful mare but so far hasn't shown any of their ability. Tonight's longer trip may see him in a better light and he's hardly overburdened for his handicap debut so gets the nod. Strandfield Lady would be a certainty on her close third over the course and distance in a premier handicap in September but she's been dropping in the weights without any notable results and may need softer ground, a remark that also applies to the useful hurdler Tugboat. Fantasy King has a track and trip victory to his credit and though well beaten on his two latest starts they were in much better class.
Fantasy King 14-1 (8-7) Rear of mid-division, 13th and ridden early straight, no extra under 2f out, weakened, 19th of 20, 21l behind Paddy The Celeb (9-2) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in May.
Strandfield Lady (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Towards rear, short of room on inner in 13th 2f out, effort and steady progress on inner 1 1/2f out, went 4th close home, never nearer, 4th of 16, 7l behind Beach Of Falesa (11-11) at Curragh 1m 4f ldy hcp gf in Jun.
Tugboat (IRE) 25-1 (8-5) Soon mid-division, 7th over 6f out, under pressure in 6th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Domination (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp 60-100 gf in Jun.
Waver (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Led, ridden entering straight and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 6l behind Zarkiyr (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f mdn stks gf in Jun.
Golan Guy (IRE) 50-1 (9-8) Mid-division, never a factor, 7th of 11, 11l behind Nashville (9-2) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Dec.
Weather Watch (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Prominent early and settled back to track leaders in 4th, ridden to challenge early straight and kept on under pressure, led narrowly inside final 100 yards and kept on best, won at Tipperary 1m 4f 3yo mdn aut gf in Jun beating Gerdago (9-5) by hd, 8 ran.
Night Invader (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outer, 6th halfway, dropped to rear approaching straight, no extra, last of 11, 40l behind Shelford (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 4f mdn stks sft in Jul '12.