Dermot Weld has won the last five renewals and though there are questions marks over the ground for UNACCOMPANIED she's taken to continue the trend. Not seen since finishing runner-up to Hurricane Fly in the Istabraaq Hurdle here in December, she's won on fast going in the past and has the class to gain her sixth victory on the Flat. Royal Diamond, last year's Irish St Leger winner, has been in decent form since returning from Dubai and his overall form looks better than that of El Salvador, who he had behind at the Curragh last month. Sir Ector has been running well in handicaps but takes on much better rivals here.
Royal Diamond (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Prominent, led 3 1/2f out, ridden and strongly pressed 2f out, headed under 1f out, no impression on winner close home, 2nd of 7, 5l behind Ernest Hemingway (9-11) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
El Salvador (IRE) 11-4 (9-11) Waited with towards rear, closer order on outer halfway, 2nd 4f out, on terms from before straight, headed 1 1/2f out, no impression and kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Bunairgead (8-7) at Roscommon 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf.
Sir Ector (USA) 14-1 (9-3) Settled in mid-division on inner, 7th halfway, switched left approaching straight and ridden in 5th 2f out, headway to lead 1f out and stayed on well under pressure inside final 150 yards, won at Down Royal 1m 5f hcp gs in Jun beating Maggie Dalton (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
The Giving Tree (IRE) 50-1 (9-6) Prominent, lost place 4f out, kept on same pace from 2f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Bunairgead (8-7) at Roscommon 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf.
Unaccompanied (IRE) 7-4fav (9-12) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden early straight, 4th and no impression over 1f out, 4th of 11, 10l behind Miracle Cure (8-4) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp sft in Nov.
Love And Cherish (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Soon raced in 5th, still 5th 1f out, no impression and kept on without threatening inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 4l behind Bunairgead (8-7) at Roscommon 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gf.