chased leaders, weakened 4f out
rear of mid-division, closer in 8th on outer 3f out, ridden in 7th 2f out, moderate 5th 1f out, no extra
dwelt, always towards rear, never a factor
mid-division on outer, weakened from 3f out
led, joined halfway, ridden and headed 6f out, weakened
mid-division on outer, ridden in 6th 2f out, no impression
always behind, never a factor
towards rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and progress into 5th 2f out, no impression
dwelt, always towards rear, never a factor
mid-division, under pressure and dropped to rear halfway, some modest progress from 2f out
chased leader in 2nd, disputed lead halfway, led 6f out, ridden clear 2f out, well clear 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably
mid-division, ridden and no impression from 3f out, never a factor
chased leaders on inner, 2nd 3f out, soon ridden and weakened
chased leaders, 4th 3f out, soon ridden and no impression
in rear, took keen hold and headway on outer into mid-division halfway, ridden and no impression from 4f out
chased leaders on outer, 3rd 3f out, ridden in 2nd 2f out, moderate 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong
mid-division on inner, ridden in moderate 9th 2f out, no impression
mid-division, closer in 5th 3f out, ridden in 4th 2f out, went moderate 2nd 1f out, kept on well without threatening winner final furlong
mid-division on inner, ridden and no impression from 3f out
Magna Cartor beat Water Sprite in this a year ago and is back on the same mark so shouldn't be dismissed despite moderate recent form. The runner-up had won the race the previous year but hasn't been in the best of form over jumps. Dermot Weld has won the race several times and Dalton Highway was racing over a trip much too short on his reappearance at Leopardstown last month. That looked a prep-run for this so he's greatly respected. BRONAGH'S BELLE raced over 6f and 7f as a juvenile but it wasn't until she stepped up to 1m5f at Leopardstown that she showed her true colours. She's still at the right end of the handicap, despite a big rise in the ratings, and will take some beating. She's A Star battled to victory over the trip at Dundalk before just failing to catch Cliffs Of Duneen at the Curragh, where she was staying on strongly, so she's one for the short-list.
Rock On Dandy (FR) 33-1 (11-6) Mid-division early, slight mistake 4th, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression before 2 out, no extra before last, 11th of 15, dist behind Masons Daughter (11-5) at Ballinrobe 2m 2f mdn gd in Jul.
Slippery Serpent (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Mid-division and 4th from halfway, pushed along over 3f out and soon took closer order to challenge on outer, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out and kept on inside final furlong to maintain advantage, won at Leopardstown 1m 7f mdn gf in Jul beating Tornado Watch (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Water Sprite (IRE) 16-1 (12-1) 6th of 13, 7 1/4l behind Air Supremacy (12-3) at Curragh 1m 4f stks gf in Jul.
Falak (IRE) 12-1 (12-3) 8th of 13, 12 1/2l behind Air Supremacy (12-3) at Curragh 1m 4f stks gf in Jul.
Geoffrey's Girl (FR) 50-1 (8-8) Soon led, soon 4-length advantage, reduced advantage 5f out, ridden and headed 3f out, soon no extra and weakened, last of 14, 23 3/4l behind Sea The Lion (9-0) at Cork 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
She's A Star (IRE) 3-1 (9-3) Ran freely towards rear early, 6th halfway, progress to 4th and ridden 1 1/2f out, headway to 2nd final 100 yards, kept on well, nearest finish, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Cliffs Of Dooneen (9-9) at Curragh 2m hcp gf in Jul.
Dalton Highway (IRE) 11-2 (9-11) Soon led, pushed along and ridden from 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, headed inside final 100 yards, no extra and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Signing Off (8-4) at Leopardstown 1m hcp gf in Jul.
Waterville Dancer (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Towards rear and in rear from halfway, some progress on outer from 3f out, ridden and went 3rd from 1f out, kept on inside final furlong without threatening principals, 3rd of 8, 3 1/4l behind Tarazani (9-7) at Leopardstown 1m 5f hcp gf in Jul.
Hollow Tree 14-1 (12-0) 14th of 25, 26l behind Archibald Thorburn (12-0) at Punchestown 1m 7f Yielding - Soft in Apr.
Sir Ector (USA) 50-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, pushed along in 3rd 5f out and no extra under 2f out, soon no extra, eased, 9th of 10, dist behind Rashaan (9-10) at Clonmel 2m hcp hvy in May.
Great Trango (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Chased clear leader, closer in 4th halfway, headway in 2nd approaching straight, ridden in 3rd over 1f out and no impression inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Top Othe Ra (11-7) at Leopardstown 1m 7f mdn gf in Jun.
Party Playboy (GER) 4-1 (9-7) Chased leaders and 3rd from halfway, pushed along from 3f out and improved to dispute lead from 2f out, bumped by rival over 1f out, headed inside final 200 yards and soon dropped to 3rd, no extra and kept on same pace closing stages, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 9, 5 1/2l behind Holding Pattern (9-2) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f mdn Yielding in Jul.
Magna Cartor 50-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, pushed along 4f out, no extra and one pace from over 2f out, 8th of 14, 9 3/4l behind Low Sun (9-6) at Curragh 2m hcp gf in Jun.
Hernandoshideaway 7-1 (11-2) Mid-division, closer in 5th 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 17, 12 1/4l behind Wild Desire (10-4) at Gowran Park 2m hcp gd in Jun.
Nearly Famous 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division, progress in 5th bypassing 2 out, improved to challenge last, soon ridden, stayed on to lead inside final furlong, kept on strongly to assert closing stages, won at Ballinrobe 2m 2f hcp gd in Jul beating Persian Wind (11-4) by 5l, 16 ran.
Nelson Road (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Soon led, pushed along and ridden over 2f out, soon joined and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra and weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 6 1/4l behind Emperor Waltz (10-2) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp gd in Jul.
Boom Or Bush (IRE) 4-1 (9-2) Slightly slow away, settled in mid-division and 5th from halfway, pushed along from 3f out and ridden in 4th from 2f out, no impression from 1f out and kept on into 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 5 3/4l behind Small Bit Of Love (8-13) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f hcp Yielding in Jul.
Bronagh's Belle (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway into 3rd travelling well entering straight, close 3rd 1f out, pushed along to lead under 1f out, stayed on well under hands and heels, easily, won at Leopardstown 1m 5f hcp gf in Jun beating Temasek Star (9-9) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Far Reach (FR) 14-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, improved to dispute after 4f, ridden in close 2nd 2f out, under pressure in 4th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 7, 7 1/4l behind Baba Boom (9-1) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp gf in Jul.
High Expectations (FR) 10-1 (11-5) Mid-division, briefly pushed along after 1st and not fluent 2nd, 9th from 5 out, pushed along and no impression from 2 out, kept on run-in into moderate 5th, 5th of 12, 29 1/2l behind Killiney Court (10-8) at Downpatrick 2m 3f hcp gd in Jun.
Cassells Rock (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, pushed along after 4 out, no impression when slight mistake 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 8, 15l behind Spring Watch (10-6) at Roscommon 3m hcp gd in Jul.
Thomas O'Malley (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Pushed along from stalls and settled towards rear, 11th from halfway, ridden over 2f out, slightly short of room and switched to outer over 1f out, no impression and kept on passed beaten horses inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 9l behind Military Hill (9-6) at Ballinrobe 1m 2f Yielding in Jul.
Mr Everest (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division early, 8th at 2nd, moderate 6th before straight, headway and edged right approaching 2 out, kept on well without reaching front pair after, 3rd of 17, 2l behind Jetez (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn gd in May.