Dermot Weld has a fine record in this but Rock Critic doesn't look good enough. Three-year-olds have won seven of the last ten and are strongly represented this time. TAKAR won the softest Group 3 of the season at the Curragh last month but an earlier Listed success over this C&D suggests he will be up to taking this. Requisition has only had four runs but is progressing rapidly as he showed when landing a Curragh Listed contest last time. This is a step up in grade but it shouldn't prove beyond him and he should be thereabouts. Duntle landed the Listed Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot in the style of a filly going places and she has to be on the short-list with her allowances while David O'Meara wouldn't send the classy Penitent here without a chance, though a Group 2 penalty for landing the bet365 Mile at Sandown gives him a difficult task.
Penitent 25-1 (9-2) last of 8, 10l behind Golden Lilac (8-12) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 1f Grp 1 (1) gd in May.
Banna Boirche (IRE) 11-4fav (10-0) Led after 1f, ridden 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, kept on, no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Elusive Ridge (10-0) at Fairyhouse 7f stks sft in Jun.
Marvada (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Always towards rear, never a factor, 9th of 10, 9l behind Lady Wingshot (8-11) at Galway 7f fll lst stks (1) sft.
Native Khan (FR) 4-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden entering straight, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Famous Name (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Rock Critic (IRE) 5-2fav (9-12) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 3l behind Vastonea (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp sft in Jul.
Ballybacka Lady (IRE) 33-1 (9-6) Held up in 5th, ridden 2f out, stayed on into 3rd 1f out, kept on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Famous Name (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 1f Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Takar (IRE) 1-7fav (9-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 2f out and soon asserted, pushed out and kept on well final furlong, won at Curragh 7f Grp 3 (1) hvy in Jul beating Singing Bird (8-13) by 3l, 3 ran.
Bible Black (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up in rear racing keenly, ridden entering straight and still 5th over 1f out, kept on under pressure into 3rd final furlong, no chance with easy winner, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Takar (9-2) at Leopardstown 1m Listed stks (1) sft in Jun.
Requisition (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Soon led and made most, ridden 2f out and strongly pressed 1f out, kept on well under pressure to assert inside final furlong, won at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) in Apr beating Coolnagree (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Aloof (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Chased clear leader towards rear on outer, much closer entering straight and 7th 2f out, ridden and soon no extra, 6th of 10, 17l behind Caponata (9-0) at Naas 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) in Jun.
Duntle (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Raced in main group, chased leaders, led overall over 1f out, stayed on, won at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Listed hcp (1) gd in Jun beating Arsaadi (8-7) by 1/2l, 17 ran.