SHINING EMERALD announced his presence in no uncertain terms when landing a Listowel maiden on heavy ground by 16 lengths. He showed it was no fluke when winning a Listed race at the Curragh last month and can take this step up in grade in his stride. Lanyard also gained a wide-margin success on heavy going at Listowel and there's plenty more to come from Dermot Weld's filly but Craftsman looks to have more to do than when runner-up in a Naas handicap on Sunday so Michaelmas, who takes a step up in trip after scoring over 5f at the Curragh, looks best of the Ballydoyle duo.
All Set To Go (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 4th of 5, 4l behind Geoffrey Chaucer (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Sep.
Craftsman (IRE) 2-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders and 4th halfway, pushed along to challenge 2f out, ridden in 3rd 1f out and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Hidden Oasis (9-8) at Naas 7f 2yo hcp sft.
Davids Park 6-1 (9-5) Slowly away, behind and outpaced, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, won at Chepstow 7f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Sep beating Dimity (8-11) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Intensical (IRE) 13-2 (8-6) Tracked leaders and took keen hold early, short of room over 2f out and switched right, went 5th over 1f out and kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 5th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Hidden Oasis (9-8) at Naas 7f 2yo hcp sft.
Michaelmas (USA) 2-9fav (9-2) Made all, pushed along over 1f out and kept on same pace inside final furlong, won at Curragh 5f 2yo stks gs in May beating Candy Apples (8-11) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Shining Emerald 7-2 (9-3) Held up in touch, 5th 2f out, ridden and headway to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Curragh 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Sep beating Guerre (9-3) by 3l, 8 ran.
Lanyard (USA) 4-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, kept on strongly final furlong, comfortably, won at Listowel 1m 2yo flls mdn auc stks hvy in Sep beating Princess Pearlita (9-0) by 5l, 7 ran.