HI EMPEROR made a promising debut at the Curragh in March and did even better there last month when an excellent third behind Singing Bird in a big field on ground with plenty of give. Hopefully he'll handle the quicker ground and dangers are few and far between. An Cat Dubh's one poor run came on heavy ground and he did well when a close fourth at Down Royal on Friday. The beautifully-bred Ransomed Rose would greatly enhance her paddock value with a victory and she's shown enough in her two starts to warrant respect and Pat Smullen chooses her over stablemate Harathea. The expensive Danzerini, who is out of a USA Grade 1 winner, may do best of the remainder.
Rayberts Pet (IRE) 50-1 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 9th of 12, 11l behind The Reaper (9-3) at Dundalk 5f 2yo mdn stks pol in Oct '10.
An Cat Dubh (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden to challenge 2f out, under pressure in 3rd when slightly hampered 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Brendan Brackan (9-2) at Down Royal 7f mdn stks gf.
Danzerini (USA) Bernardini gelding out of Lucifer's Stone.
Glendaars Best (IRE) King's Best colt out of Tomanivi.
Harathea 11-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, niggled along in 4th into straight, no impression and kept on same pace from over 2f out, last of 6, 12l behind Chicago (9-5) at Cork 1m mdn stks gs in May.
Havelock Ellis Iffraaj gelding out of Madame Claude.
Hi Emperor (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division, switched right and went 6th 1f out, kept on well inside final furlong, nearest at finish, 3rd of 21, 2 3/4l behind Singing Bird (9-0) at Curragh 7f mdn stks sft in May.
Keep Swinging (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Mid-division, 7th 2f out, no extra and kept on one pace, 7th of 15, 18l behind Mizani (9-5) at Naas 1m 2f mdn stks in May.
King Of Oriel (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, towards rear, no impression and kept on straight, 9th of 13, 12l behind Massiyn (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 2f mdn stks gd in May.
My Good Brother (IRE) Elusive City gelding out of Final Favour.
Naael (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Mid-division best, weakened entering straight, 16th of 17, 39l behind Quote Of The Day (9-0) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn sft in Oct.
Oak (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Towards rear, weakened from early straight and eased from over 1f out, completely tailed off, last of 10, well behind Speaking Of Which (9-5) at Cork 1m 3yo mdn gf in Apr.
Winchester Rifle (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, last of 18, 28l behind Tower Rock (9-5) at Navan 1m 2yo mdn sft in Oct.
Ariahey (USA) 33-1 (8-11) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 10l behind Imaginationrunwild (9-0) at Down Royal 7f fll mdn stks gf.
Fort Collins (IRE) Aussie Rules filly out of Hunter's Valley.
Ransomed Rose 5-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 9th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 10th of 18, 8l behind Coin Of Courage (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn stks gd in May.
Trepida (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, never a factor, 19th of 21, 23l behind Singing Bird (9-0) at Curragh 7f mdn stks sft in May.