Aidan O'Brien has a quartet of entries and experience may prove the key on this testing ground. African didn't show much on his debut behind stable companion Finn McCool at Navan but will be much better for the experience though it's SIR JOHN LAVERY who should prove best of the Ballydoyle runners. He wasn't fancied on his debut over 1m1f at the Curragh but travelled nicely for much of the way until lack of experience found him out. Both Auckland and Max Liebermann are by Galileo and related to several winners so any market move for either should be heeded. Jim Bolger won the inaugural running a year ago so Mearu, who is Kevin Manning's choice over Vocal Activity, is one to note as is Dermot Weld's Haripour, a half-brother to the stable's brilliant Harzand.
African 4-1 (9-5) Towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, no impression 2f out, no extra from over 1f out, 6th of 7, 11 3/4l behind Finn McCool (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn Good - Yielding in Oct.
Auckland (IRE) Galileo colt out of Airwave.
Binary Code 33-1 (9-7) Dwelt, always towards rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 8th of 14, 15 1/4l behind Stormy Belle (8-6) at Limerick 7f mdn sft in Oct.
Galtymore (IRE) Intense Focus gelding out of Iuturna.
Haripour (IRE) Shamardal colt out of Hazariya.
Max Liebermann (IRE) Galileo colt out of Anna Karenina.
Sir John Lavery (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Soon towards rear, 13th approaching straight, headway and switched left to outer from over 1f out, kept on well without threatening final furlong into 3rd on line, 3rd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Grandee (9-5) at Curragh 1m 1f mdn gd in Oct.
Vocal Activity (IRE) Vocalised colt out of Rachida.
Mearu (IRE) Intense Focus filly out of Gold Mirage.
Deise Days (IRE) 100-1 (9-5) Towards rear, 10th halfway, pushed along entering straight, no impression, weakened 2f out, 13th of 14, 29 3/4l behind Spanish Tenor (9-5) at Cork 7f mdn Good - Yielding in Oct.