An entry in the Irish St Leger suggests Festive Cheer is expected to stay much further this season and last year's Epsom Derby third hasn't been seen since a trip to Dubai in March for the Sheema Classic where he finished tailed off. Parish Hall is much more at home over this trip having been narrowly beaten in his last two starts at the track though he carries a penalty for a Listed race success. Dermot Weld won this three times with Famous Name and AFTERNOON SUNLIGHT fits the bill this time around. The daughter of Sea The Stars steps up in trip after making all over a mile at Leopardstown where she just held off Palace and her pedigree suggests she'll have no problems staying the extra. Alive Alive Oh hasn't progressed as expected following last season's Listed success but Ponfeigh will find this easier than taking on Australia in the Derby here where he ran well for a long way.
Parish Hall (IRE) 9-4 (9-12) Chased leader in 2nd, strongly pressed leader 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, joined 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 5, nk behind Mekong River (8-12) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Festive Cheer (FR) 20-1 (8-13) 13th of 15, well behind Gentildonna (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Alive Alive Oh 5-1 (9-4) Held up, 8th 2f out, ridden to go 6th 1f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Indigo Lady (9-4) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1) in Jun.
Afternoon Sunlight (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Led, pushed along under 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, held on, won at Leopardstown 1m 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) in May beating Palace (9-0) by hd, 7 ran.
Ponfeigh (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, under pressure in 4th early straight, soon no impression, one pace, 4th of 5, 8l behind Australia (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.