Aidan O'Brien has won this a couple of times in recent years and will be expecting MONTE CARLO to keep up the good work. The son of Montjeu is unlikely to be high in the pecking order at Ballydoyle judging by his defeat at Galway but he's likely to have come on for that run, his first since November, and should be good enough. Winning bumper Clonbur found 1m2f too short at the Curragh last time and this doesn't look far enough nor does it for winning hurdler Mind The Steps but Mutasharef has shown plenty of promise on both starts and looks certain to get involved. Templeton looks the main threat as he was the subject of much speculation at Tramore where he wasn't given the hardest of times and lost out by a short-head to Haleniya. With a more vigorous ride likely, he should be in the shake-up.
Clonbur 13-2 (9-8) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden into 2nd 2f out, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 9l behind Cherokee Brave (9-2) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks in Jul.
Mind The Steps (IRE) 14-1 (9-13) Dwelt, towards rear, headway to be close up over 4f out, on terms 3f out, no impression from 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 7, 19l behind Narjawa (9-0) at Sligo 1m 2f mdn stks.
Ri An Domhnaigh (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd over 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace straight, 5th of 15, 12l behind Saint Gervais (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
The Fox Tully (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Rear od mid-division, ridden in 8th 3f out, no impression, kept on one pace, 7th of 12, 19l behind Regresa A Mi (8-12) at Sligo 1m 4f Apprentice Maiden Stakes (4yo+) gd.
Uncle Jacko (IRE) 2-1fav (11-7) Tracked leaders on inner in 3rd, ridden and dropped to 4th approaching straight, soon no extra, 4th of 5, 17l behind Golden Desert (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in Jul.
Eva's Star (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 14th of 17, 35l behind Riynaaz (9-0) at Curragh 1m 1f 3yo fll stks in Oct.
Prime Contract (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) Dwelt, soon mid-division, no impression from 3f out, 6th of 9, 19l behind Along Came Casey (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo fll stks gf.
Kayalar (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Towards rear, headway on outer approaching straight, 6th 2f out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 19l behind Singe The Turf (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks gd.
Monte Carlo (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Waited with, closed into 3rd over 2f out, challenged and on terms inside final furlong, every chance, just failed, 3rd of 7, hd behind Sam Bass (9-5) at Galway 1m 4f 3yo mdn gd in Jul.
Mutasharef (USA) 7-4fav (10-11) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden over 2f out, 8th entering straight, kept on well final furlong, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Catch The Moment (11-2) at Galway 1m 4f am mdn stks gd in Jul.
Templeton (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway 4f out, tracked leaders travelling well from 2f out, challenged under hands and heels final furlong, stayed on well, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Haleniya (9-0) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn gf.
Razmataz (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Always behind, tailed off, last of 16, well behind Look At Me (9-0) at Fairyhouse 7f 2yo fll mdn sft in Sep.
Red Allie (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) In rear, no impression from 5f out, 5th of 8, 18l behind Hisaabaat (9-5) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f 3yo mdn gf.