Dermot Weld has won this for the last three years, all with three-year-olds, so BIG BREAK is taken to carry on the sequence. She ended her first campaign with an easy victory in a Group 3 at Leopardstown and has found the ground much too quick in the Irish 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes, her only two starts this season. Most Improved won the St James's Palace Stakes last season but has come nowhere near that kind of form subsequently and was well beaten on his only start this term. His stablemate Line Drummer looks to have an outside chance on his latest effort in a very tough Leopardstown handicap while the lightly raced Sruthan ran well behind Brendan Brackan at the Curragh. Lady Wingshot is better than she showed on her only start this season and will enjoy the conditions.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Dwelt and towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 10, 10l behind Brendan Brackan (9-7) at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Most Improved (IRE) 5-4fav (10-0) Raced in moderate 3rd, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 3rd of 4, 11l behind Flying The Flag (8-12) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Dont Bother Me (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden entering straight and dropped to 5th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 5l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-9) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Fort Knox 10-1 (9-2) Mid-division, 6th halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 10, 9l behind Brendan Brackan (9-7) at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Line Drummer (FR) 7-1 (9-13) Towards rear, ridden and progress into 10th 2f out, 6th 1f out, stayed on strongly final furlong to dispute 2nd on line, never nearer, 2nd of 22, 1/2l behind Campanology (10-0) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Sep.
Sruthan (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Held up, 7th halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden in 6th 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on final furlong, just held for 3rd at line, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Brendan Brackan (9-7) at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1) gd in Sep.
Lady Wingshot (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Chased leaders in mid-division, 6th halfway, pushed along and no extra 2f out, weakened, last of 9, 11l behind Custom Cut (9-3) at Curragh 7f Grp 3 (1) in Apr.
Nini Ok (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden and dropped towards rear 3f out, no impression straight, 9th of 13, 16l behind Romantic Stroll (9-6) at Listowel 1m fll hcp hvy in Sep.
Ondeafears (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Soon dropped out in rear, 10th early straight, switched towards outer and no room over 1f out, soon switched back to rail and kept on well inside final furlong, unfortunate, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind Cash Or Casualty (8-11) at Listowel 7f hcp hvy in Sep.
Akira (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Mid-division on outer and 8th halfway, 6th 1f out and kept on inside final furlong, not match winner final 50 yards, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Royal Blue Star (9-4) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) gd in Aug.
Big Break 9-2fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 8l behind Sky Lantern (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Pop Art (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Settled in rear, 5th 2f out, 4th and pushed along when slightly checked 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure into 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Sruthan (9-3) at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) gs in May.
Wannabe Better (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Prominent, disputed lead briefly 3f out, soon ridden and headed, weakened from 2f out, last of 12, 14l behind La Collina (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m flls Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.