Rathvinden gained a comfortable success at Downpatrick when trained by Ian Ferguson and, now with the champion trainer, can make further progress and prove difficult to beat. However, DESERTMORE STREAM showed enough potential at Thurles despite having to finish for the runners-up spot to suggest he can make good use of the 7lb he receives from the top pair. Theos Well didn't appear to enjoy stepping up in trip at Naas after his Listowel success and shouldn't be dismissed while Flags Pass will improve for his run at Thurles though he was beaten a long way.
Rathvinden (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Waited with, closer order from halfway, challenged from 2f out and led from 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f ldy N H flat gf in Jun beating Sam Da Vinci (11-7) by 7l, 12 ran.
Theos Well 5-2fav (11-7) Tracked leaders in 6th, some headway into 4th early straight but no impression on first 2 from 2f out, moderate 4th 1f out and kept on one pace, 4th of 15, 21l behind Goldboy (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Desertmore Stream (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th from 4f out, 4th over 3f out, travelling well in 3rd straight, challenged from 2f out and gained narrow lead briefly over 1f out, soon headed and kept on without matching winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Gocheck (11-7) at Thurles 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Flags Pass (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Mid-division off pace, headway after halfway and 5th approaching straight, ridden to go moderate 3rd over 1f out and kept on one pace into 2nd final furlong, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 14, 14l behind Racing Pulse (11-10) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Turner's Cross (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of Itsonlyraheen.
Ballagh (IRE) Shantou gelding out of Go Along.
Knockraha Boss (IRE) Golan gelding out of Hits And Memories.
The Foggy Dew Act One gelding out of Samrana.