tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd on outer halfway, progress to 2nd over 2f out, strongly challenged leader 1 1/2f out, kept on, dropped to 4th closing stages
raced 8th, progress on outer to 5th halfway, driven under 3f out, ridden and weakened over 2f out, no extra 1 1/2f out
towards rear, 9th halfway, ridden under 2f out, 8th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong
prominent in 3rd, 4th halfway, ridden over 3f out, no impression 2f out, stayed on strongly final 100 yards, led on line
rear, 11th halfway, ridden over 2f out, no impression, never a factor
settled 5th, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, no headway, kept on same pace 1f out,
towards rear, 10th halfway, driven over 2f out, no impression, kept on same pace over 1f out
ran 7th, 6th halfway, ridden under 2f out, no impression leaders, kept on final furlong
in rear, 12th halfway, ridden in 10th 1 1/2f out, no threat, never a factor
soon disputed lead, led halfway, ridden and strongly pressed 1 1/2f out, kept on well final furlong, headed on line
held up 6th, 7th halfway, ridden in 5th over 2f out, no impression leaders 1 1/2f out, kept on final furlong
soon disputed lead, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, just failed
This has been run four times and Aidan O'Brien has won two of them. The stable are represented here by BEACON ROCK, a brother to the Group 1 winner Wedding Vow, who made a very promising debut here three weeks ago when staying on nicely behind Restive. That could prove good enough though stablemate Bay of Biscay is out of a mare who has already produced eight winners and is entered in the Racing Post Trophy. Stellar Mass was in front of the selection on debut and looks certain to make a bold bid though he looks an excellent prospect for next year as he's by Sea The Stars as is Sea of Mystery, who is a half-brother to five winners. Kidd Malibu cost $550,000 and is the second foal of a mare who produced a winner in the USA with her first while Reckless Gold made a very encouraging debut behind Shogun here last month and is another to consider in an intriguing maiden.
Afzal (FR) 16-1 (9-5) Missed break, detached in rear, closed up on field 4f out, driven over 2f out, some headway to 5th 1f out, dropped to 6th final 200 yards, kept on one pace, 6th of 8, 9 1/4l behind Lieutenant General (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn gf in Aug.
Argamassas (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Slow into stride and raced towards rear, reminders from early, ridden in rear over 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 11th of 12, 24 1/4l behind Only Mine (9-0) at Cork 6f mdn gd in Aug.
Bay of Biscay (IRE) Galileo colt out of Coralita.
Beacon Rock (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride and held up towards rear, some progress on outer and pushed along 2f out, edged left briefly over 1f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 12, 3 1/4l behind Restive (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn Good - Yielding in Aug.
Donn Abha (IRE) Dylan Thomas colt out of Lady Aoy.
Emigrated (IRE) Fastnet Rocck gelding out of Ecoutila.
English Pale (IRE) Elusive Pimpernel colt out of Terme Cay.
Kidd Malibu (USA) Malibu Moon colt out of Kiddari.
Landsman (IRE) Canford Cliffs colt out of Mowaadah.
Precious Gold (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Mid-division on inner and took keen hold early, headway 3f out, went 3rd on inner and pushed along 2f out, 3rd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/4l behind Restive (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn Good - Yielding in Aug.
Sea Of Mystery (IRE) Sea The Stars colt out of Sassenach.
Stellar Mass (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 2nd 2f out, kept on same pace in 2nd final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Restive (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn Good - Yielding in Aug.
Reckless Gold (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Dwelt, towards rear, soon 11th, pushed along halfway, went moderate 4th 1f out, kept on well without threatening final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Shogun (9-5) at Curragh 7f mdn gd in Jul.