Robert Cowell sends the experienced Cool Sphere from the UK and he gained his only victory to date on Polytrack at Lingfield. George Cornelius came here in April and made all for a 10-length victory. The form hasn't worked out but he couldn't have won more easily, though the long absence is a concern. PHASE AFTER PHASE has come up against some smart opposition and came good with a smooth victory at Bellewstown, where there looked more to come. Runner-up True Motion is better off at the weights but seems unlikely to reverse the form. Brunelle stayed on strongly to score over 6f at Leopardstown and wasn't disgraced in a Group 3 at the Curragh next time but On Tick has had enough chances.
Cool Sphere (USA) 9-2 (9-9) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Poets Dance (8-11) at Lingfield 5f stks (5) gf in Sep.
George Cornelius (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Soon led, ran freely, went 4 lengths clear before halfway, pushed along over 1f out and stayed on strongly inside final furlong, very easily, won at Dundalk 5f mdn pol in Apr beating Red Assembly (9-5) by 10l, 7 ran.
Phase After Phase (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Soon led, travelled well and 2 lengths clear over 1f out, pushed out and kept on well inside final furlong, easily, won at Bellewstown 5f mdn gd in Aug beating True Motion (9-5) by 4 3/4l, 11 ran.
Brunelle (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Prominent, ran freely, 2nd halfway, pushed along 2f out, ridden and no impression in 4th 1f out, no extra, kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 3 3/4l behind Lope Y Fernandez (9-3) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 stks (1) Good - Yielding in Aug.
On Tick (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on outer, ridden and closer 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Danielles Diamond (9-5) at Naas 5f mdn gd in Sep.
True Motion (IRE) 15-8fav (9-5) Prominent, 3rd halfway, pushed along to go 2nd over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 4 3/4l behind Phase After Phase (9-5) at Bellewstown 5f mdn gd in Aug.
Lady Maura (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Dwelt and towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on in 6th and hampered under 1f out, kept on same pace closing stages, 5th of 10, 7 3/4l behind Danielles Diamond (9-5) at Naas 5f mdn gd in Sep.
Sampers Seven (IRE) Anjaal filly out of Sampers.
Apollinaris (IRE) 20-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ran freely, 4th halfway, 5th and pushed along 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 7l behind Think Big (9-2) at Down Royal 5f gd in Jul.