FOCUSSED scored twice in August but hasn't lived up to that form in subsequent starts. However, he's happy on today's ground and looks the one to be on as Coldstream is untested in the conditions. He showed some improvement at Dundalk last month but his only run on Turf was on very fast going. The Panhandler was inconsistent in his first campaign but his run behind Craftsman on heavy going at Listowel would give him an obvious chance. Paddy Mac looked one-paced last season and he's another who has yet to race on this type of going.
Focussed (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden to go 3rd early straight, under pressure and no impression over 1f out, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Elegant Peace (8-7) at Cork 1m 3yo hcp hvy.
Coldstream 9-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden into 4th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong to 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind I'vegotafeeling (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 3yo mdn auc stks pol in Mar.
The Panhandler (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden and dropped to rear entering straight, soon no extra and weakened, eased final furlong, last of 7, 36l behind Ubiquitous Mantle (9-2) at Leopardstown 1m 2yo hcp sft in Oct.
Paddy Mac (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 9, 4l behind Azurite (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Nov.