Connections of Arbiter appear to be having problems finding his best trip as his two most recent runs have been over 1m3f and 7f. He ran easily his best race to date over the lesser distance last time and this could prove ideal. After two excellent runs, Eighteen Summers was fancied for a maiden over 1m2f here earlier this month but ran poorly and potential punters will need to forgive that effort. After easily beating Waydownsouth over 1m2f at Clonmel, MAC TIERNAN didn't enjoy being stepped up in trip at Dundalk subsequently and should prove that running all wrong and be difficult to beat. Lily's Star landed a Bellewstown handicap on good ground before finding the going too firm a few days later at Galway.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Prominent, led after halfway, ridden clear briefly early straight, soon under pressure and headed over 1f out, weakened, 7th of 18, 13l behind Battleoftrafalgar (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo mdn.
Eighteen Summers (USA) 7-2 (9-5) Mid-division, 10th approaching straight, no extra from 2f out, 13th of 19, 22l behind Table Mountain (9-0) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo mdn.
Dart Queen (GER) 9-1 (8-12) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra in 6th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 7l behind Beauty Express (8-10) at Listowel 7f 3yo hcp 50-80 in Sep.
Emily Jane (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden entering straight, 4th over 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 14, 6l behind Ballydonnell Drive (9-0) at Dundalk 1m sks pol.
Yes Missus (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Never a factor, kept on without threatening, 11th of 27, 10l behind Ultra Cool (9-7) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-75.
My Point Exactly 16-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, 12th of 18, 10l behind Waydownsouth (9-11) at Fairyhouse 1m 1f 3yo app hcp 0-70 sft in Sep.
Confidence (USA) 11-2 (9-0) Chased leaders on outer, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, eased straight, tailed off, last of 10, well behind The Silver Crown (9-11) at Galway 1m hcp 50-85 3yo gf in Aug.
Fortuna's Blade (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Mid-division, headway to track leaders approaching straight, no extra from 2f out, 16th of 23, 28l behind Flowers Of Spring (8-4) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 60-80.
Lily's Star (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden in 5th entering straight, no impression, 6th of 10, 7l behind The Silver Crown (9-11) at Galway 1m hcp 50-85 3yo gf in Aug.
Mac Tiernan (IRE) 10-3fav (9-8) Led, clear approaching halfway, reduced lead entering straight, ridden and headed under 2f out, no extra in 2nd 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 8l behind Night Glimmer (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Sacred Sovereign (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Keen early, soon led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakening when checked well inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 7l behind Solar Sail (8-11) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol.
Arbiter (IRE) 33-1 (8-0) Always prominent in centre of course, led before halfway, strongly pressed from over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 27, 2 1/2l behind Ultra Cool (9-7) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-75.
Daybreak Skies (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Mid-division best, kept on one pace, 12th of 27, 10l behind Ultra Cool (9-7) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-75.
Galveston Bay (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, 3rd 4f out, ridden in moderate 2nd 2 1/2f out, soon no impression, dropped to 4th final furlong, 4th of 15, 14l behind Mac Tiernan (8-6) at Clonmel 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Sep.
Loughderg Princess (IRE) 9-1 (8-7) in a race won by Redera (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol, 13 ran.