LOUGH CUTRA, narrowly beaten on his debut at the Curragh in October, finished less than a length behind subsequent Royal Ascot winner Russian Emperor at Naas in March and looks to have been found an opportunity to get off the mark. Numen never looked like winning on the same track a fortnight ago when stable companion Paradiso led until 2f out in that mile contest. Fraterculus ran well for a long way over the track and trip earlier this month and will improve while Ciel D'afrique is by Sea The Stars out of a mare who has produced winners with her first five foals.
Ciel D'afrique (IRE) Sea The Stars colt out of Majestic Silver.
Fraterculus (IRE) 28-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, no impression, 9th of 18, 7 1/4l behind Tiger Moth (9-7) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn gf in Jun.
Lough Cutra 3-1 (9-7) Soon chased leaders, close up after 2f, 3rd approaching halfway, closed travelling smoothly straight, on terms from 2f out, headed 1f out, kept on without matching front pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 3/4l behind Russian Emperor (9-7) at Naas 1m mdn Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Numen (IRE) 18-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, no impression 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 18, 7 1/4l behind Masteroffoxhounds (9-7) at Naas 1m mdn gf in Jun.
Overload (IRE) 100-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, waited with, 10th approaching halfway, no impression 1f out, 12th of 17, 14 1/4l behind Russian Emperor (9-7) at Naas 1m mdn Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Paradiso (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Led and disputed, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 18, 4 3/4l behind Masteroffoxhounds (9-7) at Naas 1m mdn gf in Jun.
Ralph Emerson (IRE) Mastercraftsman colt out of Celestial Love.
Yulong Moneyreef (IRE) 66-1 (9-7) Rear of mid-division, checked early, no impression from 2f out, never a factor, 16th of 18, 18 1/4l behind Tiger Moth (9-7) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn gf in Jun.
Danger Money Nayef gelding out of Generous Diana.