Custom Cut continued his good progress to land a Group 3 at Leopardstown last week having finished well ahead of Elleval when scoring at Pontefract before that. He carries a penalty along with Graphic, another still improving after winning in France last month, though fast ground may be a problem for the latter. It took a couple of outings for FARRAAJ (NAP) to hit top gear but he's in flying form now. He returned the impressive winner of the John Smith's Cup over 1m2f here last month and gets the vote. Trade Storm is no back number if at his best, while a lengthy absence may not be too much of a hindrance for Group 3 winner Flying The Flag on his first start for Mike De Kock. Lady Lara has something to find despite the weight concession.
Custom Cut (IRE) 10-3 (9-9) Held up 4th, disputed 4th halfway, pushed along and progress into 3rd entering straight, ridden into lead 1f out, driven out, won at Leopardstown 1m Grp 3 (1) sft beating Brendan Brackan (9-9) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Graphic (IRE) 4-5fav (9-1) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 1m Grp 3 gs in Jul beating Pilote (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Elleval (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Held up in last pair, driven over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace from over 1f out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 7l behind Custom Cut (9-9) at Pontefract 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Jul.
Farraaj (IRE) 6-1 (9-11) Took keen hold, always prominent, ridden 2f out, led inside final furlong, edged left, ran on, won at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Jul beating Zain Eagle (8-9) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Flying The Flag (IRE) 2-1 (8-12) Chased leader, closer order into straight, pushed along over 2f out, soon challenged, led under 1f out, stayed on well, won at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun '13 beating Aloof (9-9) by 4l, 4 ran.
Trade Storm 2-1 (9-1) Awkwardly away soon led, ridden 2f out, driven and headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 5, 1/2l behind Professor (9-1) at Haydock 7f cond Stakes (3) gs in Jul.
Lady Lara (IRE) 15-2 (8-8) Held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, not much room and bumped slightly 2f out, headway over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Token Of Love (8-7) at Haydock 1m fll lst stks (1) gd.