Fatcatinthehat went close on his debut at Galway last month behind Requisition. The latter is trained by Aidan O'Brien so he should have a good line on the form and must consider ATHENS up to the task. He was runner-up at Leopardstown last time and makes more appeal than stablemate and newcomer Highflying. Top Man Michael and Zambezi Tiger look best of the rest with experience, while Wot A Shot and Desert Thunder are worth noting on their racecourse debuts.
Amiens Street (IRE) Rail Link gelding out of Broken Spectre.
Athens (IRE) 4-6fav (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden along in 4th entering straight, 3rd 1 1/2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Akeed Mofeed (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd.
Desert Thunder (IRE) Excellent Art colt out of Opera Star.
Fatcatinthehat 12-1 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear, headway under pressure into 4th before straight, 2nd and challenged inside final furlong, kept on well without matching winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Requisition (9-3) at Galway 1m 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Highflying (IRE) Galileo colt out of Beauty Bright.
Speed Catcher (IRE) Catcher In The Rye gelding out of Shee's Speed.
Top Man Michael (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th halfway, pushed along in 5th 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Astrology (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Wot A Shot (IRE) Refuse To Bend gelding out of Ashdali.
Zambezi Tiger (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 8th 2f out, under pressure in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Forces Of Darkness (8-12) at Bellewstown 1m 2yo mdn aut gd in Aug.
Amhrasach (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, never a factor, moderate 6th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 7l behind Crusade (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd in Aug.
Athlumney Lass (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Dwelt, towards rear for most, never a factor, 8th of 10, 18l behind Modern Romance (9-0) at Roscommon 7f 2yo flls mdn auc stks hvy.