BELISARIUS showed enough on his debut to be sent off a long odds-on chance over the course and distance two weeks ago. He didn't enjoy the best of runs and took a long time to warm to his task but should now be ready to do himself justice. Joseph picks him over the Montjeu newcomer Adjusted, though the latter looks just the type for a back-end maiden on testing ground. Evason showed he handles this sort of ground and trip with a very good run at Tipperary where he looked in need of the experience while Vector Force only just failed to catch Intensical over 7f at Roscommon and the longer trip is certain to be in his favour. Abushamah was behind that day and looks held while Dunure Harbour faces a stiff task on his debut in these conditions.
Abushamah (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, soon 3rd, no impression in moderate 2nd 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Buonarroti (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 1f 2yo mdn.
Adjusted (IRE) Montjeu colt out of Belesta.
Asknotwhat (IRE) 11-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 7l behind Warbird (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f 2yo mdn aut gf in Sep.
Belisarius (IRE) 4-9fav (9-5) Towards rear, 8th and pushed along halfway, ridden in moderate 5th on outer 2f out, moderate 4th 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong go go 2nd near line, never nearer, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Ebasani (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn stks.
Dunure Harbour Dubawi gelding out of Hobby.
Evason 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along approaching straight, soon progress on outer, chased leaders and no impression from over 1f out, kept on without troubling easy winner into 2nd near finish, 2nd of 15, 9l behind Buonarroti (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 1f 2yo mdn.
Seeking Truth (IRE) Acclamation colt out of Suitably Discreet.
Vector Force (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Soon tracked leaders in 5th, challenged under pressure from over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, not quite get there, just failed, 2nd of 15, hd behind Intensical (9-5) at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.