Gatwick Kitten was caught 1f out on heavy going over this trip at the Curragh then led for a long way over 6f on a return visit so looks certain to get competitive again. King Of Stars led until caught close home over slightly further here a fortnight ago so is another likely to set a strong pace along with Nullifier, who makes a quick reappearance after showing very good speed at Naas on Sunday. XIAN EXPRESS showed good speed throughout when tackling 6f on heavy going at the Curragh last month and was only beaten a length. He's just handed the vote in a tricky opener.
Earls (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd and ridden over 1f out, soon no impression, no extra final 100 yards, 6th of 21, 5l behind Flaming Moon (9-5) at Navan 6f mdn sft in Oct.
Gatwick Kitten (USA) 4-1 (9-5) Led stand's side group, ridden and no impression on leading pair in far side group over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Precious Moments (9-0) at Curragh 6f mdn Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Hazard Slade Power colt out of Fatal Attraction.
King Of Stars (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Led or disputed lead, travelled well to lead 2f out, ridden over 1f out and headed 150 yards out, no impression and kept on one pace, 3rd of 21, 1 3/4l behind Flaming Moon (9-5) at Navan 6f mdn sft in Oct.
Kodiac Prince (IRE) Kodiac colt out of Sundown.
Linus Larrabee (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Towards rear, some headway on outer 2f out, ridden in 5th and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 7 1/4l behind Alligator Alley (9-5) at Navan 5f mdn gf in Jul.
Nullifier (IRE) 9-4 (9-5) Led narrowly towards rail, ridden and joined 1 1/2f out, kept on, headed final 100 yards, no extra close home, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Hong Kong (9-5) at Naas 6f mdn Soft - Heavy in Oct.
Phantasus (IRE) 50-1 (9-3) Slowly away and always behind, never a factor, last of 8, 32l behind Helvic Dream (9-7) at Roscommon 7f hvy in Sep.
Seven Worlds (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Disputed lead, ridden and joined 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 8 1/4l behind Champers Elysees (8-10) at Curragh 6f hvy in Sep.
Smart Project (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Disputed, ridden in 4th 2f out, no extra 1 1/2f out, weakened, last of 10, 18 3/4l behind Danielles Diamond (9-5) at Naas 5f mdn gd in Sep.
Whoareyouanyway (IRE) Lethal Force colt out of Effectual.
Xian Express (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Chased leaders on outer, ridden in close 2nd 1 1/2f out, 2nd 1f out, dropped to 3rd and no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Champers Elysees (8-10) at Curragh 6f hvy in Sep.
Blue Umbrella (IRE) 66-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on near side, dropped to 6th before halfway, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 9, 9 1/4l behind Kondratiev Wave (9-5) at Curragh 5f mdn hvy in Sep.