DELAYED ELOQUENCE has now been a beaten favourite in five of her last six starts and has a career record of 0-17. She didn't take to fences last time but her earlier runs give her an obvious chance of finally getting off the mark. Ceide Fields looked as though he needed this sort of trip when fourth at Listowel though he's another long-time maiden. He had Chateauneuf Du Pap just behind that day and the latter, who started favourite, didn't appear suited by heavy ground. Runner-up on that occasion was Cluan Dara, who was producing easily his best form to date and was well backed to do so. He'll need to prove he stays this trip but looks the main threat. Midnight Stroll showed potential in bumpers in the spring and is one to note for the future.
Ceide Fields 3-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along after 2 out, ridden after last, no impression run-in, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 5 1/2l behind Crocodile Dundee (11-10) at Listowel 2m mdn hvy in Sep.
Chateauneuf Du Pap 2-1fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, slight mistake 3 out, ridden in 6th 2 out, no impression in 5th last, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 6 3/4l behind Crocodile Dundee (11-10) at Listowel 2m mdn hvy in Sep.
Midnight Stroll 4-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, 6th from 5f out, closed travelling smoothly before straight, soon 3rd and improved further, chased winner over 1f out, soon no impression and one pace, 3rd of 7, 4 3/4l behind Dead Right (11-7) at Punchestown 2m Good - Yielding in Apr.
Phar Island (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, 9th halfway, progress after 4 out, challenged entering straight, close 4th 3 out, ridden in 3rd next, under pressure and slight mistake last, no extra and kept on one pace run-in, 6th of 22, 10l behind Let's Twist Again (11-6) at Navan 2m 6f hcp Yielding in Sep.
Cluan Dara (IRE) 5-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, slight mistake 4th, 3rd halfway, 2nd before 4 out, challenged 2 out, soon disputed, pushed along before last, ridden run-in, held in 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Crocodile Dundee (11-10) at Listowel 2m mdn hvy in Sep.
Delayed Eloquence (IRE) 9-4jfav (11-5) Chased leaders and 5th before 5 out, went 4th after 3 out, not fluent next and pushed along, no impression in 5th before last and kept on same pace run-in, 6th of 13, 21l behind Tranquil Magic (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 3f Soft - Heavy in Sep.
Harry Smiles (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Tracked leader in 2nd, bumped at 1st, ridden in 3rd 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 31 1/4l behind Court Artist (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn Soft - Heavy in Sep.
Alletrix (IRE) 7-2 (10-13) Held up, 5th halfway, ridden 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 7, 30 3/4l behind Crocodile Dundee (11-10) at Listowel 2m mdn hvy in Sep.
Le Hachette (IRE) Yeats filly out of Tafseer.