It's not often a Willie Mullins runner comes up against one from Ballydoyle and this race will be worth watching for the novelty value alone. Marchese Marconi was fourth to Ted Veale at Bellewstown on Wednesday and comes up against another smart hurdler in PIQUE SOUS. The grey is unexposed on the level and is fancied to bounce back from a disappointing effort in the Galway Hurdle. Annie Other won a maiden over course and distance in May but, better known as a chaser nowadays, she's likely to struggle against the market principals.
Marchese Marconi (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Prominent, led over 4f out, strongly pressed from 2f out, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Ted Veale (11-3) at Bellewstown 1m 4f stks gd.
Going Grey (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Led, pushed along and headed 2f out, ridden and weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 7l behind King Kurt (9-12) at Haydock 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Jul.
Pique Sous (FR) 8-11fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd after halfway and led briefly over 2f out, soon ridden and no impression on winner from 1f out, no extra final 150 yards and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Ted Veale (10-12) at Bellewstown 1m 4f am stks (4yo+) gf in Jul.
Annie Other (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway from 4f out, went 3rd entering straight, ridden to lead under 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Wexford 2m amat mdn stks gf in May beating Dynaperformer (10-9) by 5l, 11 ran.
Mireya (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Mainly 5th and well behind clear leader halfway, ridden and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace but never a factor, 5th of 6, 27l behind Writers Block (11-0) at Leopardstown 1m 6f amat mdn stks gf in Jul.