Aidan O'Brien has won four of the last eight, the last three of them with long odds-on chances. HAIL THE HERO will be a short price here after his narrow defeat by Vert De Grece at Leopardstown and the winner did the form no harm when less than a length behind Ballydoyle's promising Gleneagles in a Curragh Group 2 at the weekend. The 520,000gns son of Galileo should start paying his way here though Dunquin will ensure he has a test. Jim Bolger's charge produced a promising debut over 6f at the Curragh then found a mile just taxing his stamina when third to John F Kennedy back there earlier this month. Amerikos wasn't fancied on his debut here last month but caught the eye with a promising effort and Fragile Earth showed good pace for a long way at the Curragh though will probably need another run. Dermot Weld introduces the Azamour colt Zafilani, who is out of a winning miler and he's one to keep an eye on.
Amerikos (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Towards rear, progress wide in straight, 3rd and edged left 1f out, no extra final 100 yards, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Colour Rhapsody (9-0) at Tipperary 7f 2yo mdn gf in Jul.
Dancing Duke (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Towards rear and niggled along, pushed along in last halfway, ridden along in 9th 3f out, no extra over 2f out, eased entering straight, last of 11, well behind Invincible Diamond (9-2) at Sligo 7f 2yo mdn aut.
Dunquin (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden into close 2nd 2f out, no impression on winner over 1f out, dropped to 3rd inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 7l behind John F Kennedy (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn.
Estrenar (IRE) Dandy Man colt out of Whitegate Way.
Hail The Hero (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Attempted to make all, ridden 150 yards out, kept on, headed close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Vert De Grece (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn.
Zafilani (IRE) Azamour colt out of Zafayra.
Baunaniska (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 12th of 15, 12l behind Parish Boy (9-5) at Naas 7f 2yo mdn.
Fragile Earth (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, 8th of 10, 8l behind Run The Red Light (9-0) at Curragh 7f 2yo fll sft.
Lola Beaux Equiano filly out of Polly Perkins.
Never Again (IRE) 100-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and always behind, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 9th of 12, 19l behind Legatissimo (9-0) at Galway 7f 2yo fll mdn gd in Jul.
Whitehaven Bay Myboycharlie filly out of Dijital Power.