Shane Shortall has been one of the apprentice finds of the season and his claim will help Woodsophiesmile, who is still 9lb higher than when scoring at the Curragh in May. The penny has finally dropped with CALORIE and she was finishing in the frame for the fourth time in as many starts at Cork earlier this month. All going comes alike to Johnny Murtagh's filly and she could be the pick of the weights today ahead of Wexford winner Empress Toorah and Truly Delightful, though the latter will appreciate the return to 1m2f after finishing fourth at Galway and holds Pretty Angel on the form book. Willowing has been out of sorts lately.
Woodsophiesmile (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Mid-division, progress on inner under 3f out, ridden in 2nd 2f out, close 4th on inner 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3l behind Wexford Town (8-4) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Willowing (USA) 20-1 (8-10) Disputed lead early, soon led, headed under 3f out, dropped to 4th 2f out, 6th before straight, no extra and eased final furlong, last of 7, 30l behind Rayna (8-2) at Sligo 1m 4f fll hcp sft.
Truly Delightful (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden into moderate 6th 2f out, 4th 1f out, 3rd and no impression on leaders final furlong, kept on same pace, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 18, 7l behind Cairdiuil (9-9) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 gd in Jul.
Empress Toorah (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Made all, ridden and challenged 2f out, kept on well under pressure from over 1f out, won at Wexford 1m fll mdn stks gd in Jul beating Celestial Fable (9-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Pretty Angel (IRE) 9-4 (8-11) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden 3f out, dropped to last 2f out, no impression, last of 5, 2l behind Truly Delightful (9-9) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f stks 0-80 in Jul.
Calorie 3-1 (8-5) Led, under pressure and headed 2f out, soon ridden and no impression leaders final furlong, 3rd of 5, 3l behind Sea Coast (9-7) at Cork 1m fll hcp.
Mamma Rosa (IRE) 10-1 (8-1) Ran 4th on outer, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no further headway, 4th of 5, 5l behind Sea Coast (9-7) at Cork 1m fll hcp.