MAGICAL STEPS has been racing over further lately but was second over a similar trip to tonight's at Gowran last month and is marginally preferred to A Star Is Born, who has been looking a shade one-paced so far but did finish ahead of Sariyfa at Naas. The latter has probably shown her best form on the Polytrack so far but should be competitive in a race like this and the four-year-old Surreal has place claims if back to her best.
Golden Saffron (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, weakened before straight, 13th of 15, well behind Glam Gerry (9-7) at Navan 2m mdn stks in Oct.
Surreal (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Prominent in 3rd on outer, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 9l behind Harpist (9-0) at Down Royal 7f mdn stks gf in Jul.
A Star Is Born (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 14l behind Calibrate (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f 3yo fll stks gd.
Hypatia (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 3f out, no extra and weakened, 9th of 12, 40l behind Irish Bulletin (9-8) at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Jul.
Magical Steps (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to lead well over 1f out, strongly pressed and headed 100 yards out, no impression on winner and just held on to 2nd, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Convocate (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn stks gf.
Sariyfa (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 3f out, challenged for 2nd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 10l behind Wannabe Better (9-0) at Naas 1m 3yo fll stks.
Tetard (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Settled in touch towards rear, pushed along and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, last of 6, 3 1/2l behind Ramone (9-0) at Leopardstown 6f 3yo fll stks gf.