Algonquin scored over 7f at Dundalk and 1m2f at the Curragh so this trip should hold no terrors. After two runs on Polytrack, NINGXAI went to Cork in May and defied trouble in running to land a maiden over this trip. He makes his handicap debut and can make a successful start. Mufrad was sent into the lead at this trip when tackling an extra two furlongs at Down Royal and just held on from Von Shaick, who has run well subsequently. He looks a threat as does Back On Top, who has competed at a higher level over further since scoring over this trip at Limerick in April.
Algonquin 5-1 (8-13) Mid-division on outer and took keen hold, ridden in 6th 3f out, 5th 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo hcp 60-100 gf in Jun beating Manny Owens (8-1) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Emperor Bob (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, short of room 2f out, soon pushed along and dropped to rear over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, last of 8, 7l behind Cape Wolfe (9-10) at Leopardstown 1m 3yo hcp gf in Jun.
Back On Top (IRE) 11-8fav (9-3) Chased leaders in 3rd, ridden in 3rd on outer over 2f out, soon 2nd, no impression on winner final furlong and dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Witty Repartee (9-1) at Down Royal 1m 2f fll hcp gf in Jun.
Shannon Soul (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Disputed lead early, soon led, pushed along under 4f out, headed 2f out, 3rd 1f out, one pace, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Duca Valentinois (9-7) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo hcp 60-90 in Jun.
Mufrad (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, progress to lead 1 1/2f out, edged left under pressure final furlong, stayed on well, won at Down Royal 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jun beating Van Schaick (9-5) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Ningxai (IRE) 7-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, 8th halfway, progress straight and switched right over 1f out, soon challenged and led 100 yards out, pushed out and kept on well, won at Cork 1m mdn stks gd in May beating Laffina (9-0) by 1/2l, 17 ran.
Gregoria (IRE) 11-1 (8-10) Towards rear, pushed along before straight, soon no impression until went 6th 1f out and ran on without threatening final furlong, 5th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Toccata Blue (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m hcp gf in Jun.