Not the easiest of races to start this monster programme. Bat Masterson won over 1m4f here in May but the ground was on the easy side and some rain would help his cause. Roman Flight was making his racecourse debut when landing a 25/1 surprise over a mile at Limerick and will have been well schooled over timber. Whatever It Takes has battled to two narrow victories on the Flat recently and those qualities should stand him in good stead while Ilissos is one to keep an eye on. WHY BUT WHY landed a Fairyhouse handicap from a mark of 60 in June and has run very well in much better handicaps subsequently. Jessica Harrington will have him ready for this and he can make a winning start to his new career.
Bat Masterson (IRE) 11-4fav (9-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, no impression 7th 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 11l behind Lovers Peace (9-2) at Navan 1m 5f 3yo hcp 50-80 gf in Jun (flat).
Burrenbridge Lodge (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 11th of 13, 37l behind Trans City (8-10) at Killarney 1m hcp 50-75 gd in May (flat).
Fancy Socks (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Dwelt, soon mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 3f out, no extra in 7th 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 8l behind Nantucket Bay (9-2) at Navan 1m 5f 3yo mdn gf in May (flat).
He Is Top Class (IRE) 40-1 (7-13) Soon mid-division, weakened under 4f out, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Whatever It Takes (8-12) at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-75 gf in Jul (flat).
Hold The Aces 16-1 (9-0) Soon raced towards rear in 7th, 6th over 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 9, 16l behind Quaintly (8-11) at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo stk gf in May (flat).
Ilissos (USA) 8-1 (8-4) Tracked leading trio, went 3rd 2f out, effort between horses to 2nd over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Charlie Smirke (9-5) at Lingfield 1m sell stks (6) pol in May (flat).
Mac Tigue (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Mid-division best, no extra approaching straight, 10th of 13, 32l behind Whatever It Takes (8-12) at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-75 gf in Jul (flat).
Nama Express (IRE) 25-1 (7-9) Chased leaders, moderate 2nd from halfway, no extra from over 2f out, 9th of 12, 30l behind Goldplated (9-9) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp 47-70 gd in Jul (flat).
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed under 2f out, no extra over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 18, 14l behind Vastonea (8-7) at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks sft in Oct (flat).
Rattle The Latch (IRE) 66-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, weakened early straight, 11th of 13, 41l behind Freedom (9-2) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gd in Jun (flat).
Rodeo Rocket (IRE) Artan colt out of Mudjibaby.
Roman Flight (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 2nd into straight, struggling 1 1/2f out, ran on well under pressure final furlong to lead close home, won at Limerick 1m mdn stks gd in Jun beating Gonebeyondthemoon (9-10) by 1/2l, 16 ran (flat).
The Ice Factor 50-1 (9-0) Prominent, 2nd over 3f out, weakened from 2f out, last of 16, 40l behind Exodus (9-0) at Navan 1m mdn stks in Oct (flat).
Umindme (IRE) 16-1 (8-3) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, good headway early straight to lead 2f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, headed closing strides, 2nd of 18, nk behind Prince Of Fashion (9-9) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-65 gd in Jul (flat).
Whatever It Takes (IRE) 9-4 (8-12) Soon mid-division, ridden into 5th 2f out, 2nd over 1f out, gained narrow lead inside final furlong, stayed on best, won at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-75 gf in Jul beating Unique Style (9-5) by hd, 13 ran (flat).
Why But Why (USA) 9-4fav (9-4) Settled in 5th, good headway to lead under 2f out, headed under pressure 1f out, no impression on winner final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Trans City (9-8) at Down Royal 1m 2f 3yo hcp 50-80 gd in Jul (flat).
My Fairytale (IRE) 33-1 (7-11) Always towards rear, 8th of 10, 27l behind Formal Bid (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-70 pol in Jul (flat).
The Quiet Hawk (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, 7th over 4f out, no extra straight, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Whatever It Takes (8-12) at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-75 gf in Jul (flat).
Ploopluck Bridge 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 17l behind Cherokee Brave (9-2) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks in Jul (flat).