David Wachman won the first running of this last year and punters will no doubt expect his Cougar Ridge to follow suit after his impressive opening run at Leopardstown. He's likely to be at short odds here, however, so a chance is taken with newcomer GEORGE VANCOUVER. Aidan O'Brien's colt cost 450,000 dollars as a yearling and is a half-brother to several useful performers in the USA. Katchy Lady couldn't quite handle Listed company at the Curragh after scoring on testing ground at Tipperary but still has the beating of Tennessee Wildcat on that latest run.
Cougar Ridge (USA) 11-10fav (9-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway to challenge in straight and led over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Leopardstown 6f 2yo mdn aut in May beating Angela's Dream (8-8) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Tennessee Wildcat (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Chased leaders in 4th, 3rd halfway, no chance with first 2 from 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Dawn Approach (9-3) at Naas 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gf.
Cool Metallic (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, no impression and kept on same pace under pressure from 2f out, 7th of 8, 8l behind Gale Force Ten (9-5) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn sft.
George Vancouver (USA) Henrythenavigator colt out of Versailles Treaty.
Katchy Lady 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 6th and ridden 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 8, 4l behind Cay Verde (9-3) at Curragh 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in May.
Versilia Gal (IRE) 1-3fav (9-0) Led, pressed and hung left from over 2f out, soon joined, stayed on best closing stages to get on top near finish, won at Cork 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks gs in May beating Truly Madly (8-7) by nk, 4 ran.
Bedecked (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Gale Force Ten (9-5) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn sft.