Three-year-olds have a good record in this and the only one of that age engaged here is SWEET MYSTERY, who can continue the trend. He follows the pattern of Dermot Weld winners in that he showed promise on his second start over this trip at Gowran before running over a shorter distance on his next start. He hasn't been seen since April and makes his handicap debut but that's rarely a problem for one from this yard and he can gain a first success. The veteran Fit The Cove is at the opposite end of the scale having had a career total of 88 runs. He's won ten of them, including at Tipperary a couple of weeks ago, and ran very well over a mile here on Wednesday. Big Bad Billy Bob had beaten Fit The Cove at Killarney and though 9lb higher has to be on the short-list along with Dash Back, who was gaining just his second victory in 32 starts on Turf at Down Royal when He's Got Rhythm was behind.
Cheval Rouge (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 5th 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 2l behind Golden Shoe (9-4) at Galway 7f hcp 55-80 sft in Jul.
He's Got Rhythm (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, headway in 10th 2f out, ridden into 5th 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 15, 3/4l behind Golden Shoe (9-4) at Galway 7f hcp 55-80 sft in Jul.
Ursula (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) In touch on outside, ridden inside final 2f, soon challenged, kept on under pressure inside final furlong to lead narrowly towards finish, won at Southwell 7f fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) fbs in Jul beating Tahnee Mara (8-8) by hd, 9 ran.
Big Bad Billy Bob (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Soon tracked leaders, closed up travelling well straight, challenged and led 1 1/2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Killarney 1m hcp in Jul beating Fit The Cove (8-2) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
One Of Three (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Mid-division, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 9th of 15, 7l behind Golden Shoe (9-4) at Galway 7f hcp 55-80 sft in Jul.
Dash Back (USA) 11-1 (8-12) Soon mid-division, 7th halfway, headway into 4th 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Down Royal 7f hcp gd in Jul beating Golden Shoe (9-13) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Sweet Mystery (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 8th early, no extra from over 1f out, 12th of 20, 14l behind Royal Visit (9-0) at Naas 6f 3yo mdn gd in Apr.
Spirit Of Grace 25-1 (9-3) Soon tracked leaders, challenged in 2nd approaching 2f out, dropped to 7th and no extra from over 1f out, kept on same pace, 10th of 13, 14l behind Big Bad Billy Bob (9-0) at Killarney 1m hcp in Jul.
Romeo's On Fire (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Dwelt, towards rear and trailing, ridden into 8th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 14, 4l behind Dash Back (8-12) at Down Royal 7f hcp gd in Jul.
Zelos Dream (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Led, strongly pressed and headed 2f out, soon no extra, weakened, last of 6, 14l behind Learn (9-6) at Naas 1m stks in Jul.
Fit The Cove (IRE) 9-2fav (8-13) Chased leaders on outer, headway into 2nd travelling well 2f out, soon ridden, no extra in 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Gris Ladera (9-5) at Galway 1m hcp 50-70 gd.
Apache Gold (IRE) 10-1 (8-5) Mid-division, 6th on outer 3f out, soon ridden and left 4th, went close 4th on outer 1 1/2f out, edged left under pressure close home, stayed on well, just failed, 3rd of 14, 1/2l behind Al Mancilia (9-3) at Wexford 1m hcp 47-65 gd in Jul.