CLOSE ONE started favourite on his debut at Sligo but found Some Officer much too strong. The winner is useful and Charlie Swan's charge should have learnt enough to go one better. He receives an age allowance from Alton Bay and that could prove decisive as the latter has just been found wanting at the finish in his runs at Kilbeggan and Killarney. The consistent Spa Hill will be expected to run into a place at least after a good run behind the classy Devils Bride at Tipperary but Jansboy has run moderately since a fair effort behind Bishops Road at Killarney in May.
Alton Bay (IRE) 2-1fav (11-9) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden to lead 2f out, narrowly headed 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 16, 2l behind Pink Hat (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat gf.
Bective Cave (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Led, headed 4f out, soon no impression, weakened from 2f out, 10th of 16, well behind Broadway Symphony (11-11) at Ballinrobe 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
Great Renaissance Medicean horse out of My First Romance.
Jansboy 12-1 (11-7) Held up early, soon mid-division, improved to 4th briefly halfway, 9th 5f out, ridden over 2f out, moderate 7th entering straight, no impression, 6th of 15, 25l behind Dont Tell No One (12-1) at Galway 2m 2f N H flat sft.
Pure Skill (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Always behind, ridden and weakened over 5f out, tailed off, last of 15, well behind Bluemountainbeach (11-2) at Tramore 2m N H flat gd.
Close One (IRE) 5-2fav (11-8) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden entering straight and no impression on winner from well over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Some Officer (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f N H flat gd in Jul.
Meldrum Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-1) Towards rear, no impression and kept on from over 2f out, 10th of 20, 28l behind Wicklow Brave (11-8) at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
Spa Hill (IRE) 13-2 (10-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 6f out, ridden 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Devils Bride (12-0) at Tipperary 2m N H flat gf in Jul.
Spring Rose (IRE) Hawkeye mare out of African Scene.
What A Rhumer (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 11th of 16, 14l behind Pink Hat (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat gf.
Gambling Girl 20-1 (10-7) In rear, closer in 10th 4f out, soon no impression, 14th of 22, well behind Very Wood (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf sft in Apr.
Jercova (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division and a long way off the pace, some headway under 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 9th of 17, 17l behind Queen Alphabet (10-9) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf gf.