Shield, a rare winning bumper these days for Ballydoyle, was well beaten in the champion bumper at Cheltenham on his latest start but looks to have every chance of gaining his first success under Flat rules. However, this could be a question of whether Orgilgo Bay stays the trip as his overall form is far superior to these rivals though he was well beaten when stepped up to 1m4f at Gowran. Back Off Mate was staying on strongly over 1m4f at Sligo and, as he's been placed over hurdles, he'll have no problems staying but a chance is taken on the fitness of EBANIYA, who makes a belated first appearance. She's by Sinndar out of the Irish Oaks winner Ebadiyla and is closely related to six winners.
A Twist Of Fate (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) In rear and well off pace, never a factor, some headway approaching straight and moderate 5th under 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 8, 30l behind Unaccompanied (9-0) at Galway 1m 6f stks hvy.
Back Off Mate (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden and progress on outer into 5th 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, went 2nd close home, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Zafarqand (9-5) at Sligo 1m 4f Apprentice Maiden Stakes (4yo+).
Beyond Berlin (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on outer and 7th halfway, good headway to lead approaching straight, soon ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong and dropped to 5th, 5th of 18, 8l behind Union Dues (11-12) at Galway 1m 4f am mdn stks sft in Jul.
Fire Belt (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, moderate 4th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Mumbo Jumbo (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec, 13 ran.
Fred Diamond (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and raced freely, 5th halfway, no extra from 4f out and soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Zabana (9-5) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo mdn sft in Oct.
Rural Retreat (USA) 33-1 (8-5) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th 3f out, no extra entering straight, weakened, 13th of 16, 23l behind Kims Dream (9-6) at Roscommon 1m 4f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) gd.
Shield (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, lost place over 3f out, soon weakened, 17th of 23, 40l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Softboiledsergeant (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and always behind, never a factor, 9th of 10, 10l behind Zafarqand (9-5) at Sligo 1m 4f Apprentice Maiden Stakes (4yo+).
Josie S And B (IRE) 9-1 (9-7) Led and stayed on rail, ridden and headed under 2f out, no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 19l behind Angels Guard Thee (9-0) at Roscommon 1m 4f fll mdn stks hvy in Oct.
Orgilgo Bay (IRE) 7-4 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, no impression in 3rd 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Protestant (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn in May.
Ebaniya (IRE) Sinndar filly out of Ebadiyla.
Molans Mare (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Keen hold early, never better than mid-division, 10th of 14, 41l behind Long Dog (9-5) at Sligo 1m 2f mdn stks sft.