This has been a poor race for three-year-olds in the past and though there are some potentially useful stayers among the entries this time it's asking a lot of them in these conditions. Father Of Science won nicely over 1m2f at Chester but will find this very different and Offer, who is blinkered for the first time, may prove a better prospect over the trip though he has a little bit to find with Hartani on their 1-2 at Tipperary and John Oxx' colt can prove best of the youngsters. MIDNIGHT SOPRANO has improved out of all recognition and probably hasn't stopped yet after stepping up again to Listed class at Leopardstown. She's guaranteed to stay the trip and will love the ground so is taken to continue her successful run. Sense Of Purpose has the class for this but he's been absent since September and has always needed his opening run in the past but useful hurdler Steps To Freedom can't be ignored.
Sense Of Purpose (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 7, 27l behind Meeznah (9-4) at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 2 flls (1) gd in Sep.
Steps To Freedom (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Settled behind leaders in 4th, headway into 3rd 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Fame And Glory (9-10) at Navan 1m 6f Listed stks (1) gd in May.
Goldplated (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Keen hold and soon tracked leaders in 3rd, led travelling well over 3f out, strongly pressed and stayed on best final furlong, won at Sligo 1m 2f stks gs in Jun beating Mojita (9-5) by 3/4l, 4 ran.
Midnight Soprano (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Raced in 3rd, closer approaching straight, ridden and headway on outer to lead under 2f out, edged left under pressure inside final furlong, kept on best, won at Leopardstown 1m 6f Listed stks (1) hvy in Jun beating Saddler's Rock (9-10) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Father of Science (IRE) 5-2fav (9-3) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) sft in May beating Star For Life (9-3) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Hartani (IRE) 11-8fav (9-3) Made all, niggled along approaching straight, strongly pressed 2f out, pushed out and kept on best inside final furlong to assert closing stages, won at Tipperary 1m 4f 3yo stk gf in May beating Montebell (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Macbeth (IRE) 6-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, chased leaders, challenged on outside 3f out, disputing lead and every chance 2f out, soon ridden hung right and no extra over 1f out, 4th of 10, 9l behind Estimate (8-12) at Royal Ascot 2m 3yo Grp 3 (1) sft in Jun.
Offer (IRE) 7-2 (8-10) Soon prominent, ridden to lead 3f out, headed from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 1f out, 5th of 8, 5l behind Tannery (8-10) at Limerick 1m 3f Listed stks (1) sft in Jun.