SHARP FOCUS is improving rapidly and a 5lb rise for his Killarney victory is unlikely to prevent another big effort so he gets the nod. One Cool Poet had a run over fences after his earlier narrow defeats though this could prove on the short side. Passing Trade is consistent enough but has only won once and has gone up in the weights again while Dance Emperor has a similar profile, though looks on a fair mark these days. Blankiedoodie has won three minor handicaps and is 6lb higher though keeps battling on and Gavin Ryan's claim is a plus. Wild Shot completed a hat-trick at Dundalk in the spring and was only caught close home over this trip at Ayr last time.
Cyrus Dallin 14-1 (9-12) In rear, travelled well 2f out and some headway between horses into mid-division 1f out, switched left in 7th over 100 yards out, kept on well, 3rd of 16, 2l behind Fancy Footings (9-4) at Limerick 1m hcp gd in Jul.
Dance Emperor (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Towards rear, pushed along 3f out and 5th 2f out, ridden and no impression in 4th over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Maricruz (9-4) at Navan 1m 2f hcp gf in Jul.
Passing Trade (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along to lead 2f out, strongly pressed and kept on inside final furlong, joined closing stages and headed on line, 2nd of 9, shd behind Lady Scathach (8-5) at Bellewstown 1m hcp fll gd in Jul.
Spruce Meadows (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden under 2f out and some headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 1 1/4l behind Frosty Beach (8-5) at Naas 1m hcp gd in Jun.
Treble Cone 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, under pressure in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 18, 3 1/4l behind Beckwith Place (9-11) at Leopardstown 1m hcp gd in Jun.
Conamara Handshake (IRE) 28-1 (9-13) Mid-division, ridden into 6th 2f out, stayed on into 2nd 1f out, kept on without troubling winner final furlong, 2nd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Sam Langford (9-5) at Bellewstown 1m mdn gd in Jul.
Quinns Red Rose (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Towards rear, 10th over 3f out, headway on inner over 1f out, no extra final furlong, never a factor, 9th of 11, 8 3/4l behind Black Magic Woman (8-8) at Gowran Park 7f hcp fll gd in Jun.
Blankiedoodie 8-1 (9-12) Held up, progress in 7th 3f out, ridden into 2nd 2f out, pressed leader 1f out, kept on well to challenge inside final furlong and led close home, won at Bellewstown 1m hcp gd in Jul beating Dance Alone (9-10) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Emphatic (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, improved into 3rd 3f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, under pressure in 3rd over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Mokhalad (9-6) at Bellewstown 1m hcp gd in Jul.
Mona Bell (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, soon 5th, effort from over 2f over, soon 3rd and kept on same pace, 3rd of 16, 7 3/4l behind Laughifuwant (9-5) at Galway 7f mdn sft in Oct.
One Cool Poet (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, slight mistake and bumped rival 2nd, progress into 4th 5 out, went 2nd before 3 out, led travelling well after 2 out, kept on and headed close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Touch Base (11-12) at Tipperary 2m 4f Yielding in Jul.
Poetic Light 12-1 (9-13) Broke well, tracked leader in 2nd, took closer order halfway, travelled well to lead under 3f out, ridden under 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 6l behind Never Rains (9-1) at Killarney 1m gd in Jul.
Sharp Focus 6-1 (9-9) Chased leaders early before soon dropping to mid-division, 7th from halfway, pushed along and took closer order from 2f out, soon ridden and kept on best inside final furlong to lead close home, won at Killarney 1m hcp gd in Jul beating Havana Breeze (9-1) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Stormy Air 3-1 (9-5) Mid-division, checked early, 7th halfway, dropped towards rear over 2f out, pushed along and no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 10, 6l behind Dream Point (9-1) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f gd in Jul.
Dani's Boy (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division best, no impression 4 out, never a factor, 13th of 21, dist behind Rip Rocks Paddy Ok (11-7) at Cork 2m mdn gd in Jul.
Reverberation 7-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden and some progress into 9th over 2f out, no impression, 8th of 16, 11 3/4l behind Whatharm (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m hcp gd in Jun.
Wild Shot 14-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, led inside final 2f, headed near finish, 2nd of 11, nk behind Five Helmets (8-10) at Ayr 1m 2f hcp (4) gf in Jul.
Scorpion Black (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, headway into 2nd and pushed along 2f out, soon ridden, improved to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Gowran Park 1m hcp gd in Jun beating Kodianne (8-8) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Ken's Sam's (IRE) 13-2 (9-8) Mid-division early, 5th halfway, progress in 3rd 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Powersville (9-9) at Naas 5f hcp gd in Jul.
Caesar's Comet (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden into 6th 1 1/2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 6 3/4l behind Procurator (9-3) at Roscommon 7f hcp gd in Jul.
Institution (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Tracked leader in 2nd, 3rd and pushed along entering straight, ridden and lost place 2f out, soon no extra, 10th of 14, 14 3/4l behind Moonmeister (9-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd in Jul.