DARWIN won this last year and though penalised for last week's Listed success at Fairyhouse he can complete the double. He had enough basic speed to see off the very speedy Russian Soul a week ago and this extra furlong is in his favour. Three of the last five winners have come from the younger age group so the selection's stablemate Michaelmas, who has competed at a high level throughout, shouldn't be discounted nor should Waltzing Matilda, who finished in front of him in the Jersey Stakes on only her third start. Eastern Rules likes the track and ran very well at Leopardstown last month on his return from a successful spell in Dubai but Ansgar is probably better over further.
Darwin 2-1fav (9-12) Disputed lead, ridden and led 2f out, strongly pressed inside final furlong, kept on well, all out, won at Fairyhouse 6f Listed stks (1) gf beating Russian Soul (9-12) by shd, 8 ran.
Ansgar (IRE) 80-1 (9-0) Pressed leader, led over 4f out, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened soon after, last of 10, 13l behind Toronado (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Eastern Rules (IRE) 7-1 (9-9) Raced mainly in 5th, ridden and improved on outer over 2f out, 2nd over 1f out and soon challenged, disputed briefly close home before headed and no extra, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Wannabe Better (9-6) at Leopardstown 7f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Exactement (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden on outer over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 7th of 12, 4l behind Palace (9-0) at Killarney 1m fll lst stks (1) gd.
Intensical (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Soon raced in far side group, 21st halfway, improved 2f out to soon chase leaders, no impression and kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 23, 3 1/2l behind Line Of Reason (8-3) at Curragh 6f hcp gf in Jun.
Michaelmas (USA) 80-1 (9-1) Always about same place in mid-division, ridden 2f out, no progress, 13th of 23, 9l behind Mustajeeb (9-4) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jun.
Shining Emerald 80-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, moderate headway inside final furlong, never on terms, 11th of 23, 8l behind Mustajeeb (9-4) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jun.
Waltzing Matilda (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway near side over 2f out, staying on same pace when hung right over 1f out, 5th and one pace final furlong, 5th of 23, 4l behind Mustajeeb (9-4) at Royal Ascot 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jun.