Denis Hogan has two entries here; Atlas, who was narrowly beaten in a Tipperary claimer early this month under Izzy Clifton, and the top-rated Turbine, the winner of a Leopardstown handicap a year ago who has only had two subsequent starts. Thunder Rain hadn't shown much in two maidens but attracted support in a maiden claimer at Roscommon and duly obliged. There's probably a bit more improvement in his but Colin Keane, who rode him, is on board GEGENPRESSING for his retained stable and his mount has performed well enough in two handicaps to suggest he'll be good enough to win at this level.
Howling Wolf (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Raced in 4th early, 3rd approaching halfway, effort in 2nd from 3f out, on terms straight, headed and one pace inside final furlong, 7th of 17, 3 3/4l behind Midnight Fire (9-9) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Apr.
Affable 3-1 (9-6) Led, pushed along and headed 2f out, ridden and dropped to 4th 1f out, soon no extra, weakened, 4th of 10, 15l behind Big Challenge (9-4) at Sligo 1m 5f Yielding in Jun.
Sweetness (IRE) Ivawood filly out of Mimbleberry.
Turbine (IRE) 18-1 (8-11) Pushed along briefly early, prominent, soon 3rd, pushed along again before straight, soon lost position behind horses and no impression, 14th of 16, 7l behind Real Appeal (9-4) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Apr.
Atlas (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, ridden to progress 2f out, closer in 5th 1f out, kept on final furlong, pressed winner close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Spanish Tenor (10-4) at Tipperary 7f Yielding in Jun.
Stay Thinking (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, ridden and no impression under 2f out, no extra, never a factor, 13th of 15, 12 1/4l behind The Alpha Man (9-6) at Limerick 1m hcp gd in Jun.
Gegenpressing 5-1 (9-13) Chased leader disputing 2nd, went 2nd 2f out, pressed winner over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind New Hill (9-12) at Gowran Park 7f hcp gd in Jun.
Thunder Rain (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, 10th halfway, pushed along in 7th on outer 2f out, ridden and good headway to challenge over 1f out, led final 150 yards, kept on well, won at Roscommon 7f mdn Good - Yielding in May beating Knocknakilla (9-7) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Kuwait Direction (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) A little slow into stride, soon in rear and pushed along at stages, never a factor, 11th of 12, 18l behind Is That Love (9-10) at Sligo 6f Yielding - Soft in May.
Robert Guiscard (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) Edged left and bumped rival leaving stalls, soon tracked leader, 5th halfway, under pressure 3 1/2f out, lost place and weakened over 2f out, 18th of 20, 29 1/2l behind Drummer (8-12) at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcp gd in Jun.
The Blue Garter 100-1 (9-4) Prominent early, 9th before halfway, no extra from over 2f out, 21st of 28, 28 1/2l behind Zephron (10-0) at Curragh 6f hcp Yielding - Soft in May.
Enya Va (IRE) 250-1 (9-2) A little slow into stride, waited with, a little keen, 10th approaching halfway, no extra from under 2f out, last of 14, 21 1/4l behind Russian River (9-2) at Dundalk 6f mdn pol in Nov.