IRISH BULLETIN was making his handicap debut and having his first start since October when just getting up to beat Flowing Air at Wexford on Saturday. Jim Bolger turns him out under a penalty and though ground conditions will be very different he's more than likely to make further progress and can take this. Abu Nayef is making good progress and it was a fine effort to beat Lady Giselle at Killarney while Dermot Weld has booked Connor King to claim 5lb off Pay Day Kitten, who battled on strongly to beat Kingdom at Tipperary. Any further rain will suit while Aidan O'Brien saddles the very progressive Great Explorer, who should find this trip to his liking after making all over 1m2f at Leopardstown, and Waver, who appeared to find 1m6f beyond him at Leopardstown after scoring under Ana O'Brien at Naas. Dark Crusader stepped up markedly in trip to gain an impressive victory over 1m3f at Killarney and looks a major threat.
Pay Day Kitten (USA) 2-1fav (9-2) Held up, 4th halfway, pushed along into 3rd 2f out, soon 2nd, challenged 1f out, kept on final furlong to lead close home, won at Tipperary 1m 4f 3yo hcp hvy in May beating Kingdom (9-8) by hd, 5 ran.
Great Explorer (IRE) 5-6fav (10-2) Made all, ridden entering straight, strongly pressed from 1 1/2f out, stayed on well under pressure close home, all out, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp gf beating Minister Of Mayhem (9-5) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Waver (IRE) 13-8fav (9-5) Chased leaders, improved to dispute lead briefly under pressure entering straight, soon headed, dropped to 3rd over 1f out, no impression final furlong, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Weather Watch (8-11) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gf.
Dark Crusader (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Towards rear, niggled along briefly and progress on outer 4f out, went 5th travelling well 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, won at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp gf beating Seeyouallincoppers (9-2) by 4l, 15 ran.
Abu Nayef (IRE) 2-1 (8-13) Chased leaders early, soon settled 4th, pushed along 4f out, ridden and no impression over 2f out, ran on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp gf beating Lady Giselle (9-2) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Lady Giselle (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Led, pushed along 4f out, ridden under 3f out, challenged 2f out, kept on from over 1f out, headed close home, just held 2nd, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Abu Nayef (8-13) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp gf.
Todd 7-1 (8-0) Waited with well off pace, moderate 5th 4f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 7th of 10, 10l behind Levanto (9-6) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gf in Jun.
Irish Bulletin (IRE) 3-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd 4f out, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on well final furlong to lead last strides, won at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf beating Flowing Air (9-9) by hd, 12 ran.
Melanippe (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) Always prominent, moderate 2nd from before straight, closed under pressure inside final furlong, no extra and kept on same pace close home, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Juara (8-7) at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-75 gf.