GIOVANNI BOLDINI won on his racecourse debut over track and trip but couldn't cope with Toormore when third in the Group 1 National Stakes at the Curragh last month. A repeat effort would still be good enough to come out best in this, however, and he'll take the beating. He's No Saint and Warbird share the same official rating though the former's recent victory came at this track and both have plenty in hand with Muscle Beach and Miss Mousey on today's terms. Mandatario is the dark horse though he'll need a big improvement on his debut win at Gowran to get involved.
Giovanni Boldini (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along 2f out, ridden into 3rd over 1f out, no impression final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Toormore (9-3) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
He's No Saint 15-8 (9-5) Made all, ridden clear 2f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, won at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Sep beating Lady Mega (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Mandatario 13-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd travelling well entering straight, ridden to lead 2f out, strongly pressed 1f out, stayed on well under pressure, all out, won at Gowran Park 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep beating Kerkeni (9-5) by shd, 15 ran.
Muscle Beach (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Soon raced in 4th, dropped to last from 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, left 4th again inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 18l behind Sudirman (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gd in Jun.
Warbird 7-2 (9-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, rallied 1f out, stayed on well to regain lead close home, won at Gowran Park 7f 2yo mdn aut gf in Sep beating Craftsman (9-5) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Miss Mousey (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Soon tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge and lead over 1f out, pressed and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn fll auc stks pol beating Backdrop (9-0) by 3/4l, 13 ran.