It's about time TIGER STRIPES was winning and this looks his opportunity. Andy Oliver's colt wasn't beaten far in a Curragh Group 2 in June and made a fair comeback after a break when runner-up to Carpathia here last week. Aidan O'Brien runs Performance and Rain God and though the latter is blinkered for the first time it's the former, who looked in need of the experience when tackling heavy ground at the Curragh in June, who should come out on top and prove the main threat. Breccbennach keeps bumping into useful rivals and should be winning soon though maybe in a nursery.
Better Value (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Mid-division, no impression from 3f out, 10th of 13, 18l behind Fighter Squadron (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn stks pol in Sep.
Blistering Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (9-5) Mid-division and took keen hold early, weakened from halfway, 14th of 16, well behind Trading Leather (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Brannigan's Law (IRE) Oasis Dream colt out of Lady Windermere.
Breccbennach 8-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and challenged 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Mouteab (9-5) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn stks pol in Sep.
Bumble Bee Slim 33-1 (8-13) Mid-division, no impression from over 2f out, 6th of 9, 5l behind Abbey Vale (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 2yo mdn auc stks pol.
Lucky Green (IRE) Green Desert colt out of Avessia.
Minister Of Mayhem 20-1 (9-5) Reluctant to enter stalls, never a factor, 14th of 16, 20l behind Mooqtar (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Performance (IRE) 11-10fav (9-5) Broke well and led, ridden and joined 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Blue Bullet (9-5) at Cork 6f 2yo mdn sft in Jun.
Rain God (USA) 7-4fav (9-5) Led, ridden and strongly pressed early straight, headed over 1f out and soon no extra, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 16, 9l behind Mooqtar (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Think Big (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride and always behind, last of 16, well behind Trading Leather (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Tiger Stripes 9-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, 4th 1f out, stayed on to press winner inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Carpathia (9-2) at Dundalk 7f 2yo mdn auc stks pol.
Victor's Beach (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 13, 9l behind Very Elusive (9-2) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Sep.