Air Chief Marshall has run disappointingly since beating Duff at the Curragh in July and his Group 3 penalty won't aid his cause. The tough Hujaylea has the beating of Across The Rhine and Ask Jack on recent form and deserves a step-up to this grade after his success over Luisant at the Curragh. However, SEPARATE WAYS has his measure at the weights after finishing a close third in the Irish Cambridgeshire and David Marnane's charge may be good enough to cause an upset against higher rated opposition. Libano and Shintoh have disappointed recently but are genuine pattern-race performers at their best and either could take this if bouncing back.
Air Chief Marshal (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th entering straight, no impression on leaders from 1 1/2f out, went moderate 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Emulous (8-12) at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 (1) sft.
Across The Rhine (USA) 14-1 (9-6) Held up in 6th, 5th and ridden early straight, improved into 2nd over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Steinbeck (9-1) at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1) sft in Sep.
Ask Jack (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd early straight, kept on under pressure from 1 1/2f out, 5th of 18, 2 1/4l behind Hujaylea (8-8) at Leopardstown 7f hcap gf in Sep.
Hujaylea (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Held up, 6th and progress 2f out, 4th and ridden 1 1/2f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Curragh 7f stks in Sep beating Luisant (9-6) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Jumbajukiba 9-1 (9-3) Led, strongly pressed and headed after halfway, no extra under pressure in 4th from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 8l behind Luisant (9-3) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1).
King Jock (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression in 5th 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Beethoven (9-7) at Leopardstown 1m Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Separate Ways (IRE) 11-4fav (9-10) Settled mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden into 2nd 1 1/2f out, kept on well to challenge final furlong and led on line, won at Listowel 1m 1f hcap in Sep beating Riobamba (8-13) by shd, 11 ran.
Blackwitch Woman (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Led, 3 lengths clear halfway, ridden and reduced advantage early straight, headed and no extra under 1f out, 6th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Dahindar (9-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 60-80 pol.
Shintoh (USA) 13-2 (9-1) Prominent, ridden in 2nd 3f out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 6l behind Steinbeck (9-1) at Killarney 1m Listed stks (1) gf in Aug.
Silver Tide (USA) 5-1fav (9-6) Mid-division on outer, lost place after halfway, no extra straight, 10th of 12, 22l behind Saajidah (9-3) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp 55-85 gf in Sep.
Libano (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Prominent, disputed lead briefly 3f out, soon ridden, 5th 1 1/2f out, no extra, 5th of 10, 14l behind Emulous (8-12) at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 (1) sft.