Aidan O'Brien has won four of the last five with some useful performers but this season's contingent will all need to step-up. As Good As Gold is well exposed but both Qualify and Cocoon caught the eye in the race won by stablemate Words at the Curragh last month and it would be a shock if they didn't show massive improvement. New Alliance makes a quick reappearance after a fair run at the Curragh on Sunday and there's much more to come from her as there is from Fairyhouse winner Agnes Stewart, who produced a very impressive performance when looking in need of the run. Jack Naylor has been steadily improving and easily won a Roscommon maiden while Raydara followed a very impressive debut behind Words with a smooth success over this track and trip. MARSALI looked to have plenty to do from a poor draw at Fairyhouse but couldn't have been more impressive. She'll have learnt plenty from that and will prove difficult to beat.
Agnes Stewart (IRE) 22-1 (9-0) Towards rear, switched left from over 2f out where 5th, led 1f out, pushed out to draw clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo mdn aut gf beating Cruidin (9-0) by 4l, 8 ran.
As Good As Gold (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Prominent, tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out and no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 4 1/2l behind Intenser (8-4) at Curragh 6f 2yo hcp gf.
Cocoon (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Mid-division on outer, ridden along from 2f out, 9th 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 4l behind Words (9-2) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll mdn gf in Jun.
Jack Naylor 6-5fav (8-8) Made all, ridden along and strongly pressed 2f out, went clear under 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, edged left close home, won at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn aut gf beating Syntax (8-13) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Marsali (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Soon prominent on outer and led early, tracked leaders, 8th before straight, progress to challenge and lead over 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Fairyhouse 6f 2yo fll mdn gf in Jun beating Gussy Goose (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
New Alliance (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Prominent and 2nd halfway, pushed along in 3rd when slightly checked 1 1/2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Toogoodtobetrue (9-0) at Curragh 6f 2yo fll mdn gf.
Qualify (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along in moderate 10th 2f out, went 6th 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 4th of 16, 2 1/2l behind Words (9-2) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll mdn gf in Jun.
Raydara (IRE) 4-6fav (9-0) Made all, 2 lengths clear halfway, asserted under 2f out, kept on well, eased close home, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn aut gf beating Sacrificial (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.