This hasn't been a particularly good race for the Dermot Weld yard over the years and Show Court will be expected to put that right. A lightly-raced type, he won on soft ground at Leopardstown last year and showed just how much those conditions suit with a facile success at Sligo in June. However, he faces very stiff opposition and Aidan O'Brien has a fair record in the race so Kingdom looks a big threat after his victory on fast going at Fairyhouse as he's even more likely to enjoy tonight's ground. Plinth also represents Ballydoyle and he's another progressive type who made a decent handicap debut on ground too fast at the Curragh in June. CURLEY BILL is progressing nicely and though no match for Dabadiyan in a very tough handicap at the Curragh he had some useful performers behind and can go one better.
Valbucca (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Keen hold early, chased leaders, 5th from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 7, 7l behind Belle de Crecy (9-8) at Curragh 1m 1f hcp gf in Jul.
Show Court (IRE) 2-5fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, pushed along to lead 2f out, ridden to assert over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Sligo 1m 2f stks sft in Jun beating Traveller's Tales (8-11) by 6l, 6 ran.
Solo Performer (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Held up in touch, ridden in 5th 2 1/2f out, soon no impression, 5th of 8, 10l behind Dabadiyan (9-1) at Down Royal 1m 5f stks gf in Jul.
Vedani (IRE) 7-4fav (9-10) Dwelt, soon tracked leader, on terms approaching straight, challenged over 2f out, soon lost place and no impression under pressure, last of 5, 13l behind Fluidity (9-3) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gs in Aug '12.
Kingdom (IRE) 9-10fav (9-2) Made all, ridden 2f out, strongly pressed final furlong, kept on well under pressure close home, won at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp gf in Jul beating Zafarqand (8-9) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Curley Bill (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, headway from 4f out, 5th 3f out, soon ridden, 3rd 1 1/2f out, went 2nd final furlong, kept on without threatening winner, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Dabadiyan (8-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Muck 'N' brass (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, ridden over 2f out and soon no extra, weakened, 12th of 14, 21l behind Sir Ector (9-3) at Down Royal 1m 5f hcp gs in Jun.
Plinth (IRE) 4-1 (9-11) Soon chased leaders, closed 2f out, 2nd 1f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Levanto (9-6) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gf in Jun.
Jack Daddy Evensfav (9-7) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on well from over 1f out, won at Ballinrobe 1m 6f mdn stks gd in Jun beating Benash (9-2) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Uleavemebreathless 16-1 (8-9) Soon well off pace last of the 4, ridden 4f out, no impression and kept on same pace straight, last of 4, 11l behind Flying The Flag (8-12) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Bayan (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Mid-division and 9th halfway, no impression approaching straight and 10th 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to go 6th near line, 6th of 14, 7l behind Sir Ector (9-3) at Down Royal 1m 5f hcp gs in Jun.