EYE OF THE STORM was attempting this trip for the first time when just failing to hold off Missunited at Galway last week and, as that was his first start since April and he's won on heavy ground, he can recoup losses. Minsk reverts to the Flat after several fine performances over hurdles last winter and should do better back over timber but Levanto was raised 10lb after landing a tough handicap at the Curragh so it's no surprise to see her raised to this grade. Carraiglawn hasn't been seen since the 2010 Irish Derby but he's an interesting one for the rest of the season whatever happens here.
Inis Meain (USA) 12-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd closing stages of final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Missunited (9-4) at Galway 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gd.
Carraiglawn (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 7th 5f out, soon ridden, kept on one paced from 2f out, 6th of 10, 6l behind Cape Blanco (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun '10.
Minsk (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, 3rd and challenged 2f out, 2nd and no impression entering final furlong, stayed on well last 100 yards, just failed, 2nd of 7, nk behind Midnight Soprano (9-7) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) hvy in Oct.
Beach Of Falesa (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Dwelt and in rear, some progress on outer 3f out, ridden in 5th over 1f out, kept on without threatening, 4th of 11, 4l behind Levanto (9-6) at Curragh 1m 4f fll hcp gf.
Leah Claire (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Missunited (9-4) at Galway 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gd.
Eye of The Storm (IRE) 4-5fav (9-0) Settled mid-division, pushed along into 5th 2f out, ridden into 3rd entering straight, 2nd 1f out, kept on without reaching winner, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Missunited (9-4) at Galway 1m 4f Listed stks (1) gd.
Kiss Goodnight (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Led early, headed after 4f, ridden 3f out, weakened from 1 1/2f out, 10th of 11, 7l behind Levanto (9-6) at Curragh 1m 4f fll hcp gf.
Levanto (IRE) 11-2 (9-6) In touch in rear, headway from 2f out, ridden to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Curragh 1m 4f fll hcp gf beating Drifting Mist (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.