After pulling up on testing ground in a Group 2 at Naas in January, CAPTAIN ARCEUS has been in superb form on much quicker going and is nor 11lb higher than today's two rivals as a consequence so is well in at the weights. A small field and unseasonaly fast ground make this a tricky affair, however, and tactics will play a big part. Un Beau Roman was put in his place in a Grade 3 at Tipperary after a fine run behind Curley Bill at Listowel and he won't mind the conditions, nor will Bob Le Beau, and though he was a long way behind in that Listowel event the going was too soft for him and he's since win very easily at Down Royal.
Captain Arceus (IRE) 13-8fav (11-8) Waited with, progress to track leaders 3 out, led before next, clear straight, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Galway 2m 4f hdl gf in Sep beating Now This Is It (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Un Beau Roman (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Soon led and clear, keen hold, reduced advantage after 4th, slight mistake next, headed 2 out, dropped to 4th and no extra from before last, 6th of 8, 10l behind King of The Picts (10-11) at Tipperary 2m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) gd.
Bob Le Beau (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd and struggling from 3 out, soon under pressure in 4th and no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 39l behind Curley Bill (11-8) at Listowel 2m hdl in Sep.