CHRYSANTHEMUM was in excellent form in the spring, winning at Group 3 and Listed level at the Curragh. She's disappointed subsequently but a return to form should see her home. Rock Critic made a winning debut over hurdles at the Galway Festival and ran very well behind Soon in a Listed race at Killarney over a mile last time, though he was just behind Barack on that occasion and there appears no real reason for a reversal of the form with Willie McCreery's charge. Three-year-olds have a good record in the race and neither Crystal Kangaroo nor Macbeth should be dismissed as the former was very impressive winning her maiden at Killarney.
Chrysanthemum (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Raced in 2nd, took closer order approaching straight, ridden to challenge 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 8, 7l behind Up (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 2 flls (1) in Sep.
Barack (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 3f out, 9th of 12, 7l behind Declaration Of War (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f Group 3 stks (3yo+) (1) pol.
Hurricane Twister (IRE) 9-1 (9-4) Led to 2 1/2f out, soon weakened quickly, last of 12, 22l behind Katla (9-1) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) hvy.
Rock Critic (IRE) 5-2fav (9-9) Prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out and still close up 4th early final furlong, no extra, 4th of 8, 2l behind Soon (9-0) at Killarney 1m Listed stks (1) hvy in Aug.
Crystal Kangaroo (IRE) 10-3 (9-5) Close 2nd and disputed lead, led 2 1/2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on strongly, eased inside final furlong, hung right near finish, won at Killarney 1m mdn stks in Sep beating Brassbound (9-10) by 5l, 9 ran.
Macbeth (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up, progress 4f out, 11th 2f out, kept on without threatening, 8th of 27, 23l behind Voleuse De Coeurs (9-1) at Curragh 2m hcp hvy.