held up in rear, 4th after 3f, ridden and no impression 2 1/2f out, soon no extra and weakened
held up, 4th early, dropped to rear after 3f, no extra 3f out, soon weakened
settled behind leaders early, disputed 2nd after 2f, 2nd halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, kept on one pace into moderate 2nd closing stages of final furlong
led, joined after 1f, soon headed, disputed 2nd after 2f, 3rd halfway, ridden 2 1/2f out, no impression in 2nd 2f out, kept on one pace, dropped to 3rd closing stages of final furlong
chased leader, improved to dispute after 1f and soon led, pushed along to assert 2f out, clear entering straight, kept on strongly final furlong, eased close home
Aidan O'Brien had seven entered at the early stage and relies on Sovereign, a son of Galileo and a full brother three stayers. He hasn't really been tested in his two runs to date on ground quicker than he would have enjoyed and looks certain to improve on what he's shown. EXCELCIUS found 7f and fast going against him at Naas and found this trip and good ground more to his liking when caught on the line by Third World at Killarney while attempting to make all. He can go one better though the winner's yard is represented by Tinandali, who caught the eye behind Sydney Opera House at the Curragh. Willie McCreery's horses are running well and Elite Trooper Grey will have come on for last month's run at the Curragh.
Ben Alexander 25-1 (9-1) Dwelt, took keen hold in mid-division early, pushed along briefly inside first 2f, weakened from over 2f out, 11th of 12, 18l behind Highway To Success (9-3) at Galway 7f mdn Yielding in Aug.
Dirk Diggler (IRE) 100-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, ridden and no extra 3f out, 15th of 16, 25 1/2l behind Power Down (9-5) at Bellewstown 1m mdn gd in Aug.
Elite Trooper Grey (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division early, one pace from over 1f out, 15th of 23, 12 1/4l behind Breaking Story (9-5) at Curragh 7f mdn Yielding in Aug.
Excelcius (USA) 9-2 (9-5) Led, strongly pressed 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 7, hd behind Third World (9-5) at Killarney 1m mdn gd in Aug.
Sovereign (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Mid-division early, headway but no impression when impeded over 1f out, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 8 1/4l behind Mount Everest (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn gd in Aug.
Tinandali (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ran freely, pushed along and headway under 3f out, 6th over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Sydney Opera House (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn Good - Yielding in Sep.