A mixture of abilities in a race that has been won by some huge-priced winners in recent years. Captain Cee Bee is obviously better known as a high-class jumper these days but he's always had plenty of pace and will think he's on holiday with this weight. One Cool Shabra didn't have much luck over timber but it was a different matter when returned to the Flat at Clonmel where he made all for a very convincing victory. However, a massive 12lb rise could stop him in his tracks while Sky Pilot, though winning nicely at Limerick last time, was reported to want good or fast ground which he won't get here. Scots Gaelic will be staying on when others have had enough but Jimmy Lambe produced a shock when Silk Hall won this last year and can repeat the process with SIR ECTOR. Three times a winner on the Flat in France he was beaten a short-head over hurdles at Down Royal a month ago and looks to be on a fair mark on his return to the level.
Endless Intrigue (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Waited with, niggled along after halfway, no impression from over 4f out, last of 11, 33l behind Caim Hill (10-13) at Limerick 2m stks sft in Jun.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Raced wide mid-division, ridden 3f out, headway and edged left over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, not reached leaders, 4th of 20, 8l behind Simenon (9-10) at Royal Ascot 2m 4f hcp 0-95 (2) gd in Jun.
Sir Ector (USA) 14-1 (8-10) 10th of 12, 11l behind Devoir De Memoire (9-3) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f hcp sft in Oct.
Bahrain Storm (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Mid-division, 9th 4f out, no extra from early straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 10l behind Silk Hall (8-13) at Curragh 2m hcp 60-100 gd in Jun '11.
Captain Cee Bee (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, challenged and led 2 1/2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Killarney 1m 3f mdn stks gd in Jul '07 beating Osirixamix (9-2) by 9l, 14 ran.
Roe Deer (IRE) 2-1fav (9-8) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd approaching straight, ridden to lead 2f out, headed under pressure 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Alhellal (9-8) at Dundalk 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Apr.
Sky Pilot (IRE) 4-1 (8-10) Tracked leader, on terms from 4f out, in front into straight, pressed and stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Limerick 2m hcp 60-90 gd in Jun beating In A Nutshell (8-11) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Swiftmarc (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, improved to be close up into straight, kept on same pace under pressure from under 2f out, 7th of 13, 5l behind Sky Pilot (8-10) at Limerick 2m hcp 60-90 gd in Jun.
Lady Imola (IRE) 2-1fav (10-1) Tracked leaders, 4th and niggled along after halfway, headway under pressure 2f out, challenged and on terms from over 1f out, stayed on best inside final furlong to lead near finish, won at Tramore 1m 4f fll mdn stks gf in Jun beating Green Chorus (9-0) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
One Cool Shabra (IRE) 9-4 (8-8) Made all, niggled along briefly away from stands, went on approaching 4f out, pressed 2f out, asserted from over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Clonmel 2m hcp 47-65 sft in May beating Faranadooney (8-10) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Capal Dubh Alainn (IRE) 40-1 (10-8) Waited with towards rear, headway to chase leaders from before straight, under pressure in 4th over 1f out, kept on without threatening, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Caim Hill (10-13) at Limerick 2m stks sft in Jun.
Kavanagh (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 12th of 18, 20l behind Blue Corner (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gd in May.