soon led and disputed, headed halfway, ridden in 2nd 2f out, under pressure in 3rd 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, disputed last 50 yards, edged ahead close home
held up towards rear, ridden to progress 2f out, 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong
mid-division, ridden into 6th 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace
held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, under pressure in 9th 1f out, stayed on well final furlong
dwelt, mid-division early, dropped towards rear after 2f, ridden into 8th 2f out, stayed on into 5th under 1f out, kept on final furlong
dwelt slightly and left leaving stalls, towards rear, ridden and no impression halfway, weakened 2f out, tailed off
dwelt, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 2nd 1f out, stayed on to dispute last 50 yards, just held close home
soon prominent, disputed after 2f, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed final 50 yards, no extra
prominent, pushed along in 3rd halfway, lost place 2f out, no extra over 1f out
chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra 1f out, kept on one pace
chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden over 2f out, no extra over 1f out
prominent briefy, soon mid-division, ridden and no impression 2f out, no extra over 1f out
Alphabet had little chance behind Battaash at Chantilly but her earlier placed efforts at Group level put her in the frame for this. Her stable companion COUGAR MOUNTAIN has been a little bit below par recently and doesn't win as often as he should but he's competed at a very high level for a long time and this step-down in grade can see him back in the winner's enclosure. Gordon Lord Byron is still capable at this level though a Group 2 penalty gives him plenty to do so the main threat may come from Son Of Rest. Jonjo Stack's charge would be happier on very testing ground as it was when a close third to Caravaggio at the Curragh last time and any more rain would see him go close.
Texas Rock (IRE) 12-1 (9-12) Chased leader, 8th halfway, ridden 1 1/2f out, ran on without threatening final furlong, 5th of 18, 5 1/4l behind Burnt Sugar (9-4) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Sep.
Ardhoomey (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Held up, soon raced in 8th, some headway but no impression from 1f out, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 5 1/2l behind Quiet Reflection (9-2) at Naas 6f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Sep.
Cougar Mountain (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Soon towards rear, 9th early, some headway but no impression from 1f out, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 5 1/2l behind Quiet Reflection (9-2) at Naas 6f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Sep.
G Force (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Very slowly into stride, in rear, some headway over 3f out, soon no impression, last of 12, 12 1/4l behind Xenobia (8-11) at Curragh 7f hcp Yielding - Soft in Aug.
Maarek 10-1 (9-5) Towards rear and raced in 11th early, ridden and progress from over 1f out, kept on without threatening inside final furlong, just failed for 3rd, 4th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Tylery Wonder (8-8) at Naas 5f hcp sft in Sep.
Rattling Jewel 14-1 (9-0) Mid-division early, 13th halfway, headway soon after, one pace 1f out, 19th of 22, 13 3/4l behind Ice Age (9-6) at Curragh 6f hcp sft in Sep.
Son Of Rest 9-1 (9-3) Soon towards rear, 8th before halfway, switched left 1 1/2f out and headway, kept on well without threatening inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Caravaggio (9-3) at Curragh 5f Grp 2 stks (1) Soft - Heavy in Sep.
Alphabet (9-7) 10th of 13, 11 3/4l behind Battaash (9-10) at Chantilly 5f Grp 1 gs in Oct.
Duchess Of France (IRE) 20-1 (8-13) Towards rear, 14th halfway,no impression under 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 18, 11 1/4l behind Burnt Sugar (9-4) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Sep.
Magic Bear (IRE) 9-2fav (9-7) Held up, raced in 10th early, not much room under 2f out and switched left, impeded briefly 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace after, 9th of 12, 6 1/2l behind Tylery Wonder (8-8) at Naas 5f hcp sft in Sep.
Peticoatgovernment (IRE) 11-1 (9-2) Chased leaders on inside, hung left over 1f out, soon switched right, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 3 1/4l behind Queen Kindly (8-13) at Pontefract 6f lst fll stks (1) gd in Aug.
Snowstar (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, switched left and headway to challenge 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, no impression on winner close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Gorane (9-0) at Tipperary 5f lst stks (1) sft in Aug.
Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Led, pushed along and headed entering straight, ridden over 1f out and no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Psychedelic Funk (9-3) at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 stks (1) hvy in Oct.
Khukri (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, soon 4th, one pace 1f out, 7th of 10, 7 1/4l behind Quiet Reflection (9-2) at Naas 6f Grp 3 stks (1) sft in Sep.