Three-year-olds have a poor recent record which is against Chicago but he looked a useful middle-distance prospect at Down Royal and looks certain to go well. Olympiad has been brought along slowly, no doubt with this race in mind, and isn't too highly tried on his handicap debut but Clarach, though greatly respected, will be having her first start below 1m6f on her 30th outing. Shamiran gained his first Turf victory on his 22nd start at the Curragh and has been raised 6lb while Authorization, another three-year-old, will find this much tougher than the maiden he won at the Curragh. INIS MEAIN was engaged here last night but is in such good heart that he could conceivably win both races. In his absence Chicago would be the one to go with.
Chicago (IRE) 11-10fav (9-1) Settled 5th early, 4th after 4f, headway in 3rd 1 1/2f out, travelled well to challenge 1f out, pushed out to lead inside final 100 yards, cosily, won at Down Royal 1m 5f stks gs in Jul beating Amira's Prince (9-3) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Olympiad (IRE) 3-1 (9-7) Chased leader in 2nd, disputed lead from 5f out, led entering straight, strongly pressed and ridden from 1 1/2f out, narrow lead final furlong, marginally bumped rival inside final furlong, just held on, won at Gowran Park 1m 4f mdn stks sft in Apr beating Zafarqand (9-7) by ns, 16 ran.
Paddy The Celeb (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and challenged 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Shamiran (9-6) at Curragh 1m 4f app stks sft in Jun.
Clarach (IRE) 4-1fav (10-9) Mid-division, headway into 5th travelling well 3f out, led 1f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong and soon dropped to 3rd, no extra, 3rd of 19, 5l behind Midnight Music (11-1) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 gd in Jul.
Shamiran (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd 3f out, no impression leaders 2f out, kept on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Curragh 1m 4f app stks sft in Jun beating Equity Swap (8-10) by hd, 9 ran.
Authorization 6-1 (9-5) Made all, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, drifted left under pressure closing stages but held on well, won at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks hvy in Jul beating Power To Please (9-0) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Man of God (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Slowly away in rear, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden and kept on final furlong, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 5l behind Knightly Escapade (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Oct.
Inis Meain (USA) 2-5fav (8-3) Prominent racing keenly and pulled way to front after 1f, shaken up 1f out and soon stretched clear, easily, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp sft in Jul beating Regal Tramp (10-0) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
King's Bastion (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Soon mid-division, progress on outside straight, ridden to chase leaders and kept on without threatening from over 1f out, 3rd of 17, 2 3/4l behind Morethanafeeling (8-9) at Naas 1m app hcp 47-65 gd in Apr.