Eight favourites have won this in the past 10 years. GUERRE has some improving to do after his maiden success here two weeks ago but impressed with his attitude and looks the type to go on to better things. This is a much sterner test but he's expected to pass with flying colours though Shining Emerald is a worthy opponent. After a couple of decent efforts on quick ground, he took advantage of heavy conditions at Listowel to win by no less than 11 lengths so obviously has to be greatly respected. David Wachman has a good record in the race so Pleasant Bay can make progress from his Listed effort here last month and Boom The Groom takes a slight drop in grade after a fair run in a Group 3 here earlier this month.
Boom The Groom (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division on stands' side rail and took keen hold early, ridden 2f out, 3rd 1 1/2f out, disputing 2nd 1f out, no extra and dropped to 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 3l behind Great White Eagle (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf.
Flight Risk (IRE) Teofilo colt out of Raghida.
Freedom Square (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and in rear, ridden over 2f out, no impression, last of 5, 22l behind War Command (9-6) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Guerre (USA) 11-10fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway to challenge 2f out, pushed out to lead over 1 1/2f out, ridden and drifted left inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gd beating Atlantic Sea (9-5) by 3/4l, 19 ran.
Monsieur Power (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Soon tracked leaders, travelling well and on terms from 2f out, headed under pressure and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Freedom Square (9-5) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn gf in Jun.
Pleasant Bay (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Mid-division, ridden halfway, 6th 2f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 4th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Come To Heel (8-12) at Curragh 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gd in Aug.
Shining Emerald 6-4fav (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, led 1 1/2f out, pushed out to go clear over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, easily, won at Listowel 7f 2yo mdn hvy beating Homeric Hymn (9-0) by 16l, 9 ran.
Lady Ultra (IRE) 9-4 (8-4) Made all, ridden 2f out, kept on well from over 1f out, won at Curragh 6f 2yo hcp gd beating Candy Apples (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.