Benbecula started favourite at the Curragh two weeks ago but had nothing more to give inside the final furlong and now has a bit to find with eventual second The Fox Tully, though he still finished a long way in front of General Bunching. Captainofthefleet made all over 2m at Clonmel 11 days ago but is unlikely to be given the same leeway here and a fast pace will suit LETHAL WEAPON. It's a long time since Christy Roche's eight-year-old was in the winner's enclosure but there were definite signs of a revival at Navan earlier this month and he looks well treated at present. Amazing Star missed the break at Leopardstown last time and may do better here if getting away on terms.
Shukhov (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 8l behind Prospectorous (8-6) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (60-90) (4yo+) pol.
The Fox Tully (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Settled towards rear, smooth headway on outer early straight to challenge 1f out, ridden and no impression on winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Valbucca (9-7) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 50-80 sft.
Captainofthefleet (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) Made all and soon clear, ran a little off bend away from stands, reduced lead from before straight but still well ahead of the rest, joined over 1f out and drifted left, stayed on gamely to hold on, won at Clonmel 2m hcp 60-90 sft beating Fleur De Nuit (9-1) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Benbecula 4-1fav (9-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd and ridden 2f out, dropped to 6th 1f out and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 8l behind Valbucca (9-7) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 50-80 sft.
Cairdiuil (IRE) 11-1 (8-5) Prominent, no extra from 2f out, last of 16, 12l behind Precious Stone (8-2) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp sft in Oct.
Lethal Weapon (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Always prominent, improved to lead 3f out, ridden 2f out, strongly pressed final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Hurricane Ridge (9-12) at Navan 1m 5f hcp.
Tawaagg 16-1 (10-2) In rear, ridden entering straight, never a factor, 12th of 14, 20l behind Hurricane Ridge (9-12) at Navan 1m 5f hcp.
Sheilas Wish (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Waited with, headway from 5f out, no extra from over 2f out, last of 15, 25l behind Head Waiter (8-2) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Handicap (47-75) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
Amazing Star (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Dwelt and towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 9th of 16, 8l behind Reposer (9-11) at Leopardstown 1m hcp.
General Bunching (USA) 25-1 (8-4) Raced keenly, 2nd halfway, no extra early straight and dropped to rear 1f out, weakened, last of 13, 28l behind Valbucca (9-7) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 50-80 sft.
Kalaroa (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Led, headed 4f out, soon ridden, weakened quickly from 2f out, last of 13, 47l behind An Saincheann (10-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo fll stks sft in Apr.
Whisky Galore 25-1 (7-11) Towards rear, headway into 11th 4f out, ridden on outer 3f out, soon no extra and weakened, 15th of 16, 16l behind Blue Cannon (7-13) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp in Sep.