BANNA BOIRCHE is comfortably the pick on official ratings and should get back to winning ways despite becoming a little bit disappointing. He's never won on Turf in 22 starts but has scored eight times on this track though not over a trip this far. He lost all chance at the start in a Group 3 here last time and will need to jump out better here. He had Muck 'N' Brass around 4l behind on his previous start and should take care of Eddie Lynam's charge again but Paene Magnus is improving at a rate of knots and though winning a mile handicap off a mark of 79 doesn't equate to this level Jim Bolger wouldn't be stepping him up without good reason. Bolger also runs the lightly raced filly Loreto, who will be having her first start on the surface. Romantic Stroll hasn't had much experience but showed she was up to Listed company with a good run behind Lily's Angel here last week while Dermot Weld won this a year ago and Starstruck won a minor handicap easily here last month.
Banna Boirche (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Very slowly away and in rear, poor 10th 4f out, ridden entering straight, went moderate 6th 1f out, stayed on to go 3rd inside final furlong, never nearer, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Shadow Gate (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 3f 3yo stks pol in Oct.
King's Trail (JPN) 100-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, weakened, 29th of 30, well behind Prince Of Johanne (9-3) at Royal Ascot 1m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway 1 1/2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Joe Eile (9-3) at Dundalk 7f hcp pol in Oct.
Paene Magnus (IRE) 10-3fav (9-8) Soon close up and led, went on approaching final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 60-80 pol beating Core Element (9-12) by 2 3/4l, 13 ran.
Jessie Jane (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 2nd 2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Prince Of Fire (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-85 pol in Oct.
Loreto (IRE) 9-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, 5th and hampered halfway, ridden in 4th 3f out, under pressure in 3rd 2f out, stayed on to challenge 1f out, led final 150 yards, kept on well, won at Listowel 1m fll hcp hvy in Sep beating Cheval Rouge (9-4) by 2l, 9 ran.
Romantic Stroll (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Chased leaders early, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th 2f out, no impression in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Lily's Angel (9-0) at Dundalk 1m flls lst stks (1) pol.
Starstruck (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Oct beating Silverlord (9-10) by 4l, 14 ran.