A very tight looking handicap. Moving Statue and Elusive Moon are just out of the handicap but both are running very well and the former in particular would have a fine chance on his close second to Rock On Ciara at Killarney. Leaves You Baby finally got off the mark in a Roscommon maiden and can improve while Badger Or Bust found 7f too short when chasing home Independent Girl at Galway though he doesn't win often enough, a remark that also applies to Hot Sand, still a maiden after 18 career starts despite going close on several occasions. Sadler's Mark dropped back to this trip with instant effect at Down Royal though an 8lb rise looks harsh so a chance is taken on the fitness of MOTAFAANY, who hasn't had much racing over the past couple of years but is well up to winning in this grade if fit enough and would enjoy any further cut in the ground.
Akasaka (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden into close 4th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Joe Eile (7-11) at Naas 1m hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Shela House 33-1 (8-5) Towards rear, kept on without threatening from under 3f out, 7th of 16, 12l behind Clare Glen (9-5) at Galway 1m 4f hcp gd in Jul.
Un Hinged (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Dwelt, towards rear, keen hold and closed over 6f out, challenged and on terms from 2f out, 2nd and kept on without matching winner from over 1f out, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Gold Mirage (9-5) at Wexford 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gd in Jul.
Motafaany (USA) 4-1fav (9-11) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden from 3f out, no extra from over 1f out, 9th of 21, 7l behind Waydownsouth (9-1) at Curragh 1m app hcp 50-85 in Oct.
Sadler's Mark 16-1 (9-9) Settled in mid-division, smooth headway on outer early straight, led well over 1f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong, won at Down Royal 1m 2f hcp 47-65 gd in Jul beating Cadeaux Fax (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 14 ran.
Hot Sand (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden into 8th entering straight, 4th 1f out, kept on final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 17, 3l behind Maunsells Duke (9-4) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 gd in Jul.
Badger Or Bust (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Towards rear, ridden into 11th into straight, switched to outside and ran on well final furlong, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 15, nk behind Independent Girl (8-10) at Galway 7f hcp 50-75 gd in Jul.
Leaves You Baby (IRE) 12-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, closer in 4th over 2f out, led under pressure and stayed on well from 1f out, won at Roscommon 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jul beating Rodriguez (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Space Race 25-1 (9-6) Restrained start, held up towards rear, effort entering straight, no impression from 1 1/2f out, 9th of 14, 6l behind Denny Crane (9-6) at Dundalk 1m 4f 3yo stks pol in Nov.
Teajaybe (USA) 6-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, ridden to be on terms 3f out, headed and squeezed for room 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 8, 16l behind Beauty Express (9-9) at Wexford 1m stks gd in Jul.
Mount Abora (IRE) 4-1fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, close 4th travelling well entering straight, soon pushed along and no chance with easy winner, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 12l behind Do The Bosanova (9-1) at Leopardstown 1m 2f app hcp 47-70 gd in Jul.
Ancient Sands (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, never a factor, no threat in straight, 10th of 11, 12l behind Adam's Return (9-8) at Leopardstown 7f hcp 50-75 sft in Jul.
Humiliation 7-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway into 5th 3f out, challenged 2f out, ridden and no extra entering straight, 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 10l behind Regresa A Mi (8-12) at Sligo 1m 4f Apprentice Maiden Stakes (4yo+) gd.
Seavelvet (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Never better than mid-division, 13th of 16, 29l behind Bat Masterson (8-9) at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-70 in May.
Moving Statue (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, 3rd under 2f out, kept on under pressure without getting to winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Rock On Ciara (9-8) at Killarney 1m hcp 50-70 gd in Jul.
Elusive Moon (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Soon mid-division, progress under pressure to challenge in 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon strongly pressed, all out, won at Wexford 1m hcp 47-60 gd in Jul beating King's Jester (9-4) by shd, 13 ran.