A three-year-old gained a rare victory in this last year and that age group are well represented this time. Pearl Earing beat a strong field at Fairyhouse and with the ground easing all the time she has to be on the shortlist. Angel Of Joy scored over a mile at Gowran then stepped up another quarter of a mile at Fairyhouse so what he's doing at this trip is anyone's guess. Caprella has never won in 19 starts on Turf despite going close on several occasions so can hardly be trusted with the vote while Indian Landing, who finished mid-division a year ago, is generally better over an extra furlong. FLIC FLAC just held on over slightly further at Leopardstown under Robbie Downey before running reasonably well in a Naas Listed contest. Dermot Weld is using the young rider's claim again and the six-year-old can get back on the winning trail.
Flic Flac (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up behind leaders, ridden and progress on outer 2f out, 3rd 1 1/2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 9, 5l behind Minalisa (9-5) at Naas 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
Wexford Opera (IRE) 9-2fav (9-11) Chased leaders and took keen hold early, 5th 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression and weakened final furlong, 9th of 15, 8l behind Machete Mark (9-7) at Naas 7f hcp in Jun.
Pearl Earing (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Close up and travelled strongly, pushed along to challenge and got on terms over 1f out, soon led and stayed on well, won at Fairyhouse 6f 3yo stk in May beating Lady Ultra (9-2) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Caprella 7-2fav (9-9) Held up in rear, progress in 4th 1 1/2f out, ridden and no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Strait Of Zanzibar (9-11) at Naas 7f stks 0-90.
Lady Ultra (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, going well and challenged entering straight, soon led, ridden and headed approaching final furlong, weakened final furlong and eased last 50 yards, 7th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Toccata Blue (9-3) at Gowran Park 7f hcp gf in Jun.
Indian Landing (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, disputed 3rd on line, 3rd of 12, 1/2l behind Hi Emperor (9-6) at Curragh 7f hcp gf in Jul.
Six of Hearts 14-1 (9-0) Dwelt and held up in rear, ridden and progress into 8th on outer 2f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Hi Emperor (9-6) at Curragh 7f hcp gf in Jul.
Angel Of Joy (IRE) 6-4fav (9-2) Chased leader in 2nd, led 4f out, ridden entering straight, headed 2f out, weakened final furlong, 4th of 5, 8l behind Teoirim (9-9) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f app stks gf in Jul.
Footprint (IRE) 6-1fav (9-11) Mid-division, ridden and weakened from 2f out, never a factor, 15th of 16, 16l behind Surreal (9-10) at Galway 7f hcp 55-80 gd in Jul.
Chillie Billie 5-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 1 1/2f out, no impression inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind She's Not Simple (9-7) at Naas 6f hcp 47-65.