DUKE OF MANTUA caught the eye in no uncertain terms at the Curragh last month, staying on when the race was all over behind stable companion St Mark's Basilica. With that under his belt and an extra furlong to travel, he looks the one to beat. Magnanimous has failed to find a finishing burst in his last two runs though Monaasib, who beat him at the Curragh, won next time and was beaten a short-head in a lucrative sales race at Naas. Fight Zone pulled hard in the early stages when tackling a mile at Leopardstown and had nothing left but Artistic Work ran well on soft ground over a mile at the Curragh and is expected to improve. Sword Zorro hasn't been beaten far in any of his races and handled testing ground when runner-up to Wembley at Roscommon.
Artistic Work (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along 2f out and 5th 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 1 3/4l behind High Definition (9-7) at Curragh 1m mdn sft in Aug.
Duke Of Mantua (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, pushed along and no impression over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong and kept on well closing stages, nearest at finish, 3rd of 18, 1 1/4l behind St Mark's Basilica (9-7) at Curragh 6f mdn sft in Aug.
Fight Zone (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Broke well, soon tracked leaders and took keen hold, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression in 3rd over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 4 1/4l behind Fernando Vichi (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m mdn gd in Jul.
Flexible Approach (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on outer, ridden 2f out, no impression, 7th of 9, 15 1/4l behind Coill Avon (9-5) at Curragh 6f mdn Yielding in Jul.
Laelaps (IRE) 10-3fav (9-2) Soon towards rear, no impression approaching halfway, last of 8, 14 3/4l behind Chief Little Hawk (9-2) at Navan 5f mdn gf in Jun.
Macs Dilemma (IRE) Coulsty gelding out of Ohsosecret.
Massaman (IRE) 18-1 (9-5) Edged right and bumped rival from stalls, rear of mid-division, pushed along and switched left 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, no extra, 10th of 13, 13 1/4l behind Huddle Up (8-13) at Cork 6f mdn hvy in Aug.
Pat Costello (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, never a factor, pushed along and detached in rear approaching straight, weakened, 8th of 9, 25 1/4l behind Jack Duggan (9-5) at Tipperary 1m mdn Yielding - Soft in Aug.
Sword Zorro (IRE) 2-1 (9-7) Led, pushed along over 2f out, soon jinked slightly left, headed inside final furlong and kept on without matching winner, 2nd of 7, 1l behind Wembley (9-7) at Roscommon 7f mdn gd in Aug.
Valderrama (IRE) Kodiac colt out of Ceaseless.
Kailash (IRE) Mastercraftsman colt out of Kalisma.
Magnanimous (IRE) 9-4 (9-2) Tracked leader, travelled well to lead halfway, ridden and edged left 1 1/2f out, edged right over 1f out, headed under 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Monaasib (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn Good - Yielding in Jul.
Men Of Dreams (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Led early, tracked leader and 2nd halfway, pushed along to challenge 2f out, ridden and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind High Definition (9-7) at Curragh 1m mdn sft in Aug.
Rugaday (IRE) Estidhkaar gelding out of Contemplate.
Covert Mission (FR) 14-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, ran freely, pushed along in mid-division under 2f out, soon ridden and no extra final furlong, 9th of 12, 8 1/4l behind High Definition (9-7) at Curragh 1m mdn sft in Aug.
True Conviction (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along in straight, not clear run and dropped to 7th 1f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 7th of 18, 7 3/4l behind Fly Girl (8-10) at Leopardstown 7f mdn gd in Aug.