Mctaggart was returning from a long break when producing a fine effort to get within 2l of Port Merrion at the Curragh where he stayed on well over the 7f on soft ground. Botanical Lady made most over this trip at Galway but was 9lb higher when attempting to do the same over 7f at Naas three days later. That could have come too soon and she's a threat here. Corker Hill had shown nothing before a much improved run at Naas and has a 5lb claimer to aid his cause though that run was on fast ground. ART SCENE (NAP) was having her first start since November when chasing home Captains Dilemma over 7f at Tipperary where she finished with a flourish. She's only been raised 1lb and looks to have every chance of going one better.
Mctaggart (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden into 4th 2f out, kept on into 3rd inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 13, 1 3/4l behind Port Merrion (9-0) at Curragh 7f hcp sft.
Sterling Cooper (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden to dispute 1 1/2f out, no extra in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 5l behind Miller Beach (9-9) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Botanical Lady (IRE) 2-1fav (9-9) Led, ran freely, ridden 1f out and kept on under pressure, headed 50 yards out, 3rd of 16, 1l behind Twistsandturns (8-11) at Naas 7f 3yo hcp 47-65.
Valley Queen 16-1 (9-11) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 13th of 14, 13l behind Cheers Buddy (9-7) at Dundalk 1m app hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.
Stoichkhov (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra in 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 9l behind Carraroe Flyer (9-1) at Wexford 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 gd in Jul.
Made In Design (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, ridden entering straight, no impression, never a factor, last of 11, 16l behind Calling You (7-12) at Dundalk 6f hcp 47-70 pol in Apr.
Corker Hill (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and joined 3f out, led again briefly over 1f out, headed under 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Millington (8-8) at Naas 1m app hcp 47-65 gf in Jul.
Art Scene (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Prominent, 4th halfway, soon pushed along, no impression under pressure in 3rd 1f out, kept on final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Captains Dilemma (9-10) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-65 gf.
Hughies Bay (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, no impression from over 1f out, 9th of 12, 20l behind Blistering Dancer (8-6) at Sligo 7f hcp 47-65.
Back To Focus (IRE) 33-1 (8-6) Mid-division, ridden and squeezed for room from 2f out, soon no impression and eased straight, last of 12, 26l behind Blistering Dancer (8-6) at Sligo 7f hcp 47-65.
Furacano (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Pushed along to chase leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace, dropped to 3rd close home, 3rd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Captains Dilemma (9-10) at Tipperary 7f app hcp 47-65 gf.
Little Bing Bang (IRE) 28-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, took keen hold, under pressure straight and soon no impression, moderate 5th and kept on same pace from 1f out, 6th of 14, 8l behind Have A Nice Day (9-10) at Roscommon 7f hcp 47-65 in Jun.
Minot Street (CAN) 12-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd entering straight, kept on same pace over 1f out, 5th of 12, 5l behind Zelos Dream (8-9) at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 47-65.
Hobbema (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd halfway, weakened from 2f out, 5th of 8, 13l behind Kings Ryker (9-5) at Roscommon 7f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Royal Avatar (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Soon chased leaders, 9th approaching straight, lost place and no extra from over 1f out, 17th of 18, 20l behind Local Flier (9-1) at Fairyhouse 7f 3yo hcp 47-65 in May.
Sweet Refusal (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 5f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 17l behind Hangar Five (8-10) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f app hcp 47-65 in Jul.
Refractor (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Rear of mid-division, ridden and no impression entering straight, 13th of 16, 23l behind Hasanour (8-12) at Galway 1m hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.