It's hard to know what to make of The United States, a debut winner at the Curragh last July but not seen again until April where he was disappointing. A Group 3 entry next month suggests more is expected though he may find the in-form MANALAPAN just too strong. He's only had five runs and improved with each, completing a double at the Curragh and Gowran in recent weeks, and this looks within his capabilities. Brog Deas hasn't really returned to form since a spell of hurdling and Morga will need to step up though at least she'll be well suited by the quick ground.
Brog Deas (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Settled towards rear, ridden and no threat from early straight, 13th of 18, 8l behind Tobann (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd.
Manalapan (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Mid-division early, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, challenged 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong to dispute close home and led at line, won at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp gd beating Encrypted Message (9-4) by ns, 9 ran.
The United States (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 3rd 2f out, no extra in 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 7l behind Fort Knox (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo lst stk (1) sft in Apr.
Morga (IRE) 12-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, ridden and not clear run over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Jayed Jidan (9-4) at Curragh 1m hcp gd.