Aidan O'Brien has won both renewals of this and is represented by Poinsettia, who has finished distressed on her two latest starts, and Sloane Street, who looked certain to be suited by today's trip when staying on over 1m3f at Killarney. Smithfield is bred for middle-distances so his two efforts over 1m2f have been promising though both he and Apolskapart were behind HARANGUE at Sligo and there appears no reason why Dermot Weld's charge, who was earlier beaten a short-head by Sam Bass over this C&D, shouldn't confirm the form and take this. Kayalar looks the main threat as John Oxx's colt ran really well when attempting to make all over the trip at Wexford and only succumbed in the closing stages.
Apolskapart (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Prominent, still 2nd into straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Narjawa (9-0) at Sligo 1m 2f mdn stks.
Harangue (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Led, ran off bend away from stands and headed, soon led again, wide and attempted to assert into straight, headed and kept on without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Narjawa (9-0) at Sligo 1m 2f mdn stks.
Kayalar (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Soon led, strongly pressed from early straight, headed under pressure inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Monte Carlo (9-3) at Wexford 1m 4f mdn stks gf.
Naoise (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Prominent, weakened 4f out, 11th of 12, well behind Sonapour (9-5) at Wexford 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Jul.
Rossvoss 9-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division, 8th 3f out, soon ridden, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 6th of 13, 8l behind Banksters Bonus (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2yo mdn in Oct.
Smithfield (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Soon tracked leaders, 4th for much, struggling into straight, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Narjawa (9-0) at Sligo 1m 2f mdn stks.
To The Sky (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden into moderate 6th 3f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 17l behind Cherokee Brave (9-2) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks in Jul.
Poinsettia (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, driven along on outer after halfway, trailing entering straight and soon pulled up (jockey reported his mount lost her action and made a noise in running), in a race won by Mojita (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo fll stks gd, 14 ran.
Sloane Street (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Rear of mid-division, headway to go 5th under 2f out, no impression on leaders until kept on under pressure well inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Mojita (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo fll stks gd.