SHALAMAN (NAP) was having his first start for Matthew Smith when gaining a comfortable victory at Killarney on Wednesday and a 5lb penalty shouldn't prevent a quick double under Leigh Roche, whose claim is a bonus. Breath Easy bounced right back to form with an all-the-way victory at the Curragh last month though the placed horses have been well beaten subsequently and the beautifully-bred Sea The Lion may prove more of a threat after landing a Curragh maiden on just his second start. Shalamzar has run well in his last two starts without quite getting there but Stony Grey is still 10lb higher than his latest victory.
Stony Grey (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Soon raced in 3rd, reminder after halfway, under pressure under 4f out, raced on outer into straight, moderate 4th 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Queen Of Alba (8-4) at Sligo 1m 2f hcp sft.
Shalaman (IRE) 7-1 (9-10) Held up, soon towards rear and raced towards outer, last before halfway, improved into 4th travelling smoothly 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Killarney 1m 3f hcp gd beating Solar Focus (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Valbucca (IRE) (10-0) 7th of 12, 6l behind Al Nejmaa (10-11) at Le Croise-Laroche(FR) 1m 2f Clm gs in Jun.
Breathe Easy (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Made all, ridden 2f out, reduced advantage and stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Curragh 1m 1f hcp gf in Jul beating Specific Gravity (9-12) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Sea The Lion (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd over 2f out, improved to dispute lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, led line, won at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jul beating No Wunder (9-5) by hd, 9 ran.
Shalamzar (FR) 3-1fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, no impression in 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 7l behind No Dominion (9-1) at Curragh 1m hcp sft.
Goal (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) In touch on outside, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 18l behind Tatting (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Focas Mor (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway,no impression in 8th 1f out, no extra, 8th of 11, 11l behind Miller Beach (8-10) at Naas 1m app hcap.