A much more competitive event than the first division with several coming into the race in good form including Chic Shanique, who stayed on strongly over 1m2f at Clonmel, her first start for new connections after a very long absence. One For Joules has been going well over hurdles, scoring at Tipperary last month, while Takasima wasn't caught until late when attempting to make all over this trip at Tramore recently. East Of Tara gained her first success when coming with a late burst to catch Badger Or Bust over 1m1f at Gowran. The longer trip shouldn't be a problem and she looks certain to go well. ACTION MASTER would undoubtedly be suited by further and was disappointing at Tramore last time but the very fast conditions could have been the reason and with better ground forecast this very useful hurdler looks well handicapped back on the Flat.
Chic Shanique (USA) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge and almost on terms on inner over 1f out, kept on without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Porthaw (9-7) at Clonmel 1m 2f mdn stks gf in May.
Hassanali (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) Chased clear leader, 4th halfway, no extra entering straight, weakened, 12th of 17, 12l behind Bondage (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gf.
One For Joules (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Soon mid-division, 8th over 4f out, kept on well under pressure without threatening from over 1f out, 4th of 18, 2 1/4l behind Tinas Exhibition (9-3) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 47-65 sft in Apr.
Rusty Halo (IRE) 25-1 (9-8) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra from early straight, weakened, 17th of 18, 34l behind Waydownsouth (9-11) at Fairyhouse 1m 1f 3yo app hcp 0-70 sft in Sep.
Banna Man (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Soon towards rear, kept on without threatening under pressure straight, 8th of 14, 5l behind Dearest Girl (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 50-80 in May.
Diyla (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed 4f out, no impression, 7th of 16, 9l behind Reach The Stars (9-7) at Limerick 1m 3f hcp 50-70 sft in Apr.
Mutiska (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 9th of 15, 10l behind Casbah Rock (9-10) at Curragh 1m 2f stks gf in May.
Action Master 6-4fav (9-6) Chased leaders, pushed along in 5th from 4f out, struggling when not much room and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Grand Cru (9-7) at Tramore 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf.
Rural Retreat (USA) 12-1 (9-12) Rear of mid-division on inner, some headway 4f out, kept on one pace without threatening, 9th of 16, 9l behind Phantasy Rock (9-6) at Wexford 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 gf in Aug.
Takasima (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Attempted to make all, strongly pressed and joined over 1f out, soon headed and kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Beliar (9-2) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gf.
Akinspirit (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Held up, progress on outer from over 4f out, 4th and ridden from 2f out, soon 3rd, still some chance when squeezed for room under 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Golan Go (9-6) at Wexford 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf in May.
East Of Tara (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Soon mid-division, improved into 3rd over 2f out, challenged in 2nd 1 1/2f out, drifted right and on terms final furlong, stayed on well, led on line, won at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 47-60 gd in May beating Badger Or Bust (9-9) by shd, 17 ran.
Formal Bid (IRE) 9-2fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, 5th early straight, kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 4th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Ballochroy (9-13) at Clonmel 2m hcp 47-65 gd in Apr.
Midnight Manhattan (USA) 8-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 4th 4f out, ridden in 7th 3f out, no impression straight, weakened 2f out, 10th of 14, 37l behind Darraghs Day (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.
Acclaimed Piper (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Stumbled badly leaving stalls, chased leaders, 8th 4f out, kept on same pace under pressure from under 3f out, 10th of 16, 28l behind Bondage (9-10) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) in May.
Munnings (IRE) 7-2fav (10-0) Mid-division, moderate 7th halfway, driven along in 4th early straight, no extra from over 1f out, 7th of 12, 8l behind Gargano (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Dec.
Barndeh (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division, headway entering straight, 5th under 2f out, no impression inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 3l behind Sparring Partner (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in May.
Cinderella Story (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Always prominent, 3rd 4f out, ridden 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Sparring Partner (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in May.
Key Decision (IRE) 3-1fav (8-9) Towards rear, ridden and headway 3f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 9, 21l behind Prince Rhyddarch (8-7) at Hamilton 1m 3f hcp 0-65 (6) gs.