El Salvador drops to 1m4f for the first time since landing a Dundalk maiden in February. He was a commendable sixth in Estimate's Ascot Gold Cup and has since been a staying-on fourth behind stable companion Ernest Hemingway at the Curragh in Group 3 company. He's the class act here but the drop in trip is a concern. MISSUNITED has been a fine dual purpose performer for Michael Winters and ran up to her mark last time when second to the highly-progressive Pale Mimosa. The trip is a little on the short side for her too but it may suit better than for many of her rivals. Opera Gloves, Bunairgead, Majenta and Love And Cherish were second, third, sixth and seventh behind Venus De Milo at Leopardstown with the Bolger charge making most appeal of the quartet over this longer trip. Qewy is up in grade from an easy Navan maiden win but John Oxx is not one to tilt at windmills.
El Salvador (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway 4f out, 4th 3f out, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on one paced final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Ernest Hemingway (9-11) at Curragh 1m 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Il Fenomeno (ITY) 5-1 (8-11) last of 7, well behind Voila Ici (8-11) at San Siro(ITY) 1m 3f Grp 3 (1) hvy in Sep '10.
Missunited (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leader in 2nd and clear of remainder from before halfway, ridden approaching straight and headed by winner over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure but no impression final 150 yards, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Pale Mimosa (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gf in Jun.
The Giving Tree (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Mid-division, ridden in 4th 3f out, 7th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 8l behind Dabadiyan (8-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Qewy (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Led and disputed, led 3f out, pushed out to assert 2f out, clear and ridden 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Navan 1m 2f mdn stks in Jun beating Saxo Jack (9-5) by 5l, 19 ran.
Bunairgead (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, travelled well early straight to lead 2f out, soon ridden and strongly pressed 1f out, joined inside final furlong and kept on under pressure, no extra and dropped to 3rd final 50 yards, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Venus de Milo (9-0) at Naas 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Love And Cherish (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and dropped to 6th under 2f out, soon no impression on first 3 and kept on one pace, 7th of 11, 8l behind Venus de Milo (9-0) at Naas 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Majenta (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Mid-division and 7th halfway, headway in 5th 2f out, ridden and no impression on first 3 from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 7l behind Venus de Milo (9-0) at Naas 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Opera Gloves (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Settled in rear of mid-division and 9th halfway, good headway on outer over 2f out and went 2nd 1 1/2f out, challenged and every chance inside final furlong, headed by winner 50 yards out and soon no impression, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Venus de Milo (9-0) at Naas 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.