COMMODUS has been very busy having run four times already this month. He was 6lb out of the handicap when an excellent third behind I Remember You in a better race at Leopardstown on Saturday so looks very well in on his correct rating here and looks the one to beat. Harvest Bow comfortably landed a 7f Gowran nursery on testing ground from today's rival Elusive Fantasy and ran even better from an 8lb higher mark at Leopardstown last weekend so is an obvious threat. Spiritual Impulse led for a long way in that former race and wasn't beaten far at the finish so has to be respected along with Cuban Surfer, who was only just behind and has since performed with credit at Leopardstown.
Harvest Bow (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) Rear, 12th 3f out, headway 1 1/2f out, 6th 1f out, soon ridden, kept on strongly to 2nd close home, nearest finish, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Arcturus (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m hcp Good - Yielding in Oct.
Royal Canford (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Prominent, soon led on inner, almost joined halfway, ridden entering straight, headed 1 1/2f out, weakened, 9th of 12, 11 1/2l behind Arcturus (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m hcp Good - Yielding in Oct.
Der Mc (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, mid-division halfway, pushed along 2f out and no impression in 7th over 1f out, no extra, kept on one pace, 8th of 16, 11 1/2l behind Could Be King (9-5) at Limerick 7f mdn sft in Oct.
Spiritual Impulse (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Led, pressed 2 1/2f out, ridden and joined 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 3 1/4l behind Harvest Bow (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Amaira (IRE) 20-1 (9-9) Held up early, soon mid-division, ridden and no impression on inner 2f out, 12th of 16, 9 1/4l behind Harvest Bow (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Commodus (IRE) 7-1 (8-4) Mid-division and 6th from halfway, pushed along from 2f out and soon ridden, kept on into 3rd inside final furlong, not matching principals, 3rd of 11, 1l behind I Remember You (8-4) at Leopardstown 7f fll gd in Oct.
Fine Fettle (USA) 14-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on outer early, mid-division halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 4 1/4l behind Harvest Bow (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Dingle Bay (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Dwelt and pushed along briefly early, soon raced in 9th, pushed along again in rear from 3f out, headway to chase leaders and not much room briefly under 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 8th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Colfer Me (9-4) at Down Royal 7f hcp gd in Sep.
Casting Call 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along early, ridden and no impression 2f out, no extra 1f out, 12th of 14, 12 1/2l behind Cnoc An Oir (9-0) at Dundalk 7f mdn fll pol in Oct.
Cuban Surfer (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Broke well to lead, soon tracked leader, 3rd halfway, 2nd 2f out, headway to lead 1 1/2f out, soon ridden, headed 1f out, kept on same pace, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Arcturus (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m hcp Good - Yielding in Oct.
Elusive Fantasy (IRE) 9-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 5th 2f out, stayed on in 3rd 1f out, kept on into 2nd inside final furlong, no impression on winner, 2nd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Harvest Bow (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Early Strike (FR) 16-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, no impression, 9th of 14, 5 3/4l behind Eagle Song (10-1) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Oct.
Grace To Grace (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, 15th of 16, 15 1/2l behind Harvest Bow (9-0) at Gowran Park 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Ideal Pal (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Prominent, pushed along and dropped to 6th over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 13 3/4l behind Arcturus (9-8) at Leopardstown 1m hcp Good - Yielding in Oct.
Hidden Spark (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Prominent, soon led, headed after 1f, 2nd halfway, under pressure and ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 12, 4l behind Eagle Song (9-3) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Oct.
Macken (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Soon led on outer, headed halfway, ridden in 3rd 2 1/2f out, no extra in 5th 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 18 3/4l behind Japan (9-5) at Listowel 7f mdn hvy in Sep.
Cafe Sydney (IRE) 66-1 (8-6) Always towards rear, never a factor, pushed along in rear before halfway and no impression 2f out, no extra, 12th of 14, 15 1/4l behind Mary Salome (8-10) at Cork 6f mdn fll gd in Oct.
Anna's Girl (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 6th halfway, lost place approaching straight, weakened 2f out, eased closing stages, last of 13, 13 1/4l behind Motashakel (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn gf in Jul.
An Bhfuil Tu Reidh (IRE) 50-1 (8-4) Dwelt, raced in 12th early, no extra 2f out, last of 17, dist behind Nikeandnemesis (8-4) at Naas 1m hcp gd in Sep.
Puddymore (IRE) 40-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, ran freely, 3rd halfway, pushed along early straight, ridden and no extra over 1f out, weakened, 9th of 11, 7 1/4l behind So Familiar (9-10) at Cork 6f hcp gd in Oct.