Defence Of Duress made his debut for Tom Taaffe at Sligo and ran very well before falling when holding every chance at Wexford. His latest start came when beaten a short-head on the Flat at Galway and he looks certain to be winning soon though possibly over further. Smithfield won on the Flat at Killarney last month and looks a nice hurdling prospect for Noel Meade but it's DECADE PLAYER who gets the vote. Paul Rothwell's charge showed tremendous improvement when runner-up to Font Of Wisdom at Ballinrobe and with further progress likely and Andrew Ring's claim a major plus he can gain his first success. He holds both Sizing Machine and Dumbarton on that latest run though it would be no great surprise if those two got much closer this time. Faustino Pius looks best of the remainder.
Defence Of Duress (IRE) 6-5fav (11-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along 2 out, ridden in 3rd and no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Zerashan (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl in Jul.
Dumbarton (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway into 5th after 2 out, no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 21l behind Font Of Wisdom (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl.
Smithfield (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, moderate 3rd and ridden 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 4th of 7, 12l behind Solo Performer (10-0) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp sft (flat).
Over Presented (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Unruly and unseated rider early, in a race won by Five Point Plan (12-0) at Clonmel 2m N H flat sft in Mar, 5 ran.
Port Of The Oak (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 7th of 10, 33l behind Annie Power (11-2) at Galway 2m N H flat sft.
Raydari (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, jumped left 3 out, ridden and no extra next, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 42l behind Font Of Wisdom (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl.
Sizing Machine (IRE) 3-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd after 2 out, ridden home bend, no extra in 4th approaching last, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 13l behind Font Of Wisdom (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl.
Templeton (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no extra before last, 10th of 13, 23l behind Liberty's Gift (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Anjum (USA) 12-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, 12th of 15, well behind Queen Of The Hill (11-9) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mrs N H flat in Jul.
Ballywooden Queen (IRE) Zagreb filly out of Nomination Blues.
Cut The Cake (IRE) Old Vic filly out of Quinnsboro Ice.
Faustina Pius (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden in 7th before 2 out, moderate 5th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 9, 9l behind Shadow Eile (11-11) at Galway 2m mrs hcp hdl sft.
Great Promises (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Always behind, 13th of 14, well behind Font Of Wisdom (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl.
Sultana Belle (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden in 10th 3 out, no impression, 9th of 13, 20l behind Liberty's Gift (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Decade Player (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Led, clear 3 out, reduced advantage after 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Font Of Wisdom (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl.