After seconds at Roscommon and Killarney, BALLYGLASHEEN was highly tried last time at Listowel. He's joined Evan Williams since and there's always a danger that he'll take a race or two to acclimatise to new surroundings but he is still fancied to make the most of his experience here. Raven's Tower was just run out of it at Plumpton last month and should improve while Ocean Applause may be the pick of the newcomers. He was second over 1m2f at Chester last month and is preferred to milers Saint Jerome and Exclusion.
Ballyglasheen (IRE) 9-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, niggled along from early, a bit slow 5 out and not fluent next, no extra from before 3 out, 8th of 16, 36l behind Guitar Pete (10-12) at Listowel 2m 3yo hdl in Sep.
Major Parkes 22-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up, effort over 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 11l behind The Sixties (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd in Aug '12 (flat).
Maxi Mac (IRE) 10-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no extra over 2f out, weakened, 14th of 16, 29l behind Rockview Emperor (9-4) at Naas 7f 3yo hcp 47-65 in Aug (flat).
Ocean Applause 25-1 (8-0) Tracked leading pair on inside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and went 2nd well over 1f out, no chance with winner final furlong, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Powder Hound (8-9) at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Sep (flat).
Raven's Tower (USA) 3-1fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led going well soon after 3 out, strongly pressed last, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Orla's Rainbow (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Saint Jerome (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Madame Elizabeth (8-8) at Bath 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep (flat).
Exclusion (USA) 9-2 (8-11) Chased leaders, 3rd and one pace final 2f, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Picalily (9-4) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Aug (flat).