Dermot Weld will have high hopes that A LIKELY STORY can finally open his account in this. He has run well in both previous starts on the surface and has been eased a little in the weights lately. Born Innocent tackles an artificial surface for the first time but has won twice at Hamilton this season. Strategic Heights isn't badly treated and rarely runs a bad race here. He is preferred to Danz Gift, My Good Brother and Kiss The Stars of the previous course and distance runners in the race with Repatriated possibly best of the rest.
Fainleog (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, soon close up, ridden 2 1/2f out, no extra 2f out, 9th of 10, 13 1/4l behind Fort Del Oro (9-8) at Naas 6f lst fll stks (1) gd in Jul.
A Likely Story (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out, no extra and one pace in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4l behind I Will Excel (9-7) at Bellewstown 5f mdn Yielding in Aug.
Danz Gift (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Slowly into stride, raced in rear, driven in 9th over 1f out, ridden and kept on final furlong to 7th, never nearer, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Peacehaven (10-0) at Naas 5f hcp gd in Aug.
Born Innocent (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Close up, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 20 3/4l behind Naggers (9-7) at Hamilton 6f hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Fast In The Wind (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Disputed lead, ridden from 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no impression final furlong, 5th of 14, 1 1/2l behind Bluesbreaker (9-9) at Navan 5f hcp gd in Aug.
Strategic Heights (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Chased leaders, every chance 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 6 1/4l behind Bunce (9-6) at Ayr 5f hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Strategic Force (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Mid-division, ridden and weakened from 2f out, never a factor, 22nd of 26, 16 1/2l behind Ducky Mallon (9-4) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Repatriated (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Raced 4th on outer, progress to 2nd after 2f, 3rd over 2f out, soon driven, ridden and dropped to 5th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 6 3/4l behind Haqeeba (9-0) at Naas 6f mdn gd in Aug.
My Good Brother (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) Tracked leader in 2nd, almost on terms 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on, dropped to 4th final 50 yards, no extra, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Mcguigan (10-0) at Leopardstown 6f hcp gf in Aug.
Kiss The Stars (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no impression, 8th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Bluesbreaker (9-9) at Navan 5f hcp gd in Aug.
Boxer Dunford (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Soon tracked leaders, challenged from 2f out, soon every chance, kept on same pace closing stages, 4th of 13, 1 3/4l behind Catwilldo (10-0) at Bellewstown 5f hcp Yielding in Aug.
Lady Maesmor 14-1 (8-8) Prominent, driven in 3rd over 2f out, ridden under 2f out, improved to 2nd over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, no extra close home where dropped to 5th, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Peacehaven (10-0) at Naas 5f hcp gd in Aug.
Cashel Contender (IRE) 28-1 (9-1) Disputed lead early, soon prominent, no extra from under 1f out, 9th of 13, 5 3/4l behind Catwilldo (10-0) at Bellewstown 5f hcp Yielding in Aug.
Inishmacateer (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Towards rear, headway on outer from 2f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 7th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Catwilldo (10-0) at Bellewstown 5f hcp Yielding in Aug.