Many of these arrive here in cracking form but once again it's Dermot Weld who appears to hold all the aces. NATURAL HIGH has had just four races in his career and his only defeat came on this track in October. The son of Sadler's Wells could hardly have been more impressive on his reappearance at Killarney in May and there looks much more to come. Laughing Boy could provide the main threat as he was having his first start for Willie Mullins when gaining a surprise victory at Fairyhouse last month. The ex-Luca Cumani-trained gelding is 13lbs higher this time but looks certain to give a good account. Aladdins Cave continues to make progress but a 13lbs rise tempers enthusiasm though Mon Champion is only 3lbs higher than when scoring nicely over the trip at the Curragh and is expected to go well. Gimli's Rock generally performs with credit in these strong handicaps but is 15lbs higher than when victorious at the meeting a year ago.
Vitruvian Man 5-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway to 7th 2f out, ridden in 6th 1 1/2f out, no extra and kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 6l behind Fame And Glory (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 sft in Apr '09.
Bravely Fought (IRE) 9-1 (9-11) Led, strongly pressed from over 3f out, headed over 1 1/2f out, soon no extra and weakened, 5th of 6, 23l behind Mid Mon Lady (9-2) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f stks gf.
Scandal Sheet (IRE) 7-2fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th early straight, driven along and no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure, 6th of 14, 2l behind Castle Bar Sling (8-8) at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcap gd.
Celtic Dane (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) 9th of 15, 13l behind Bay Willow (8-4) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Rajik (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) In rear, weakened over 4f out, 14th of 19, 31l behind Overturn (8-7) at Newcastle 2m hcap (2) gf in Jun.
Natural High (IRE) 4-6fav (10-0) Chased leaders, closed straight, led over 1 1/2f out, quickly clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Killarney 1m 6f stks gd in May beating Sutherland Star (10-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Bashkirov 33-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 19th of 20, well behind Admiral Barry (10-1) at Galway 2m Amateur Handicap (70-100) (4yo+).
Tovaria 16-1 (9-5) 3rd of 15, 5l behind Bay Willow (8-4) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Zaralabad (IRE) 40-1 (8-6) Held up mid-division, ridden and not much room over 2f out, soon weakened, 15th of 19, 32l behind Overturn (8-7) at Newcastle 2m hcap (2) gf in Jun.
Laughing Boy (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Always prominent, 2nd travelling strongly 1 1/2f out, led under 1f out, soon pushed out briefly, easily, won at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gd in Jun beating Articilitis (8-7) by 2l, 18 ran.
Avanti Albert (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Elyaadi (10-7) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 gf in May.
Lonesome Maverick (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 12th of 18, 10l behind Sublime Talent (9-6) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 50-85 gd.
Aladdins Cave 4-5fav (10-1) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th entering straight, switched right 2f out, good headway to lead over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 50-70 pol beating Hawk Flight (9-10) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Gimli's Rock (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Bay Willow (8-4) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Tin Town Boy (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 11th of 18, 10l behind Sublime Talent (9-6) at Curragh 1m 2f hcp 50-85 gd.
Mon Champion (IRE) 11-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 4th 3f out, ridden into 2nd 2f out, led over 1f out, kept on well, won at Curragh 1m 4f hcp 60-100 gd beating Taralga (10-4) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Bob Le Beau (IRE) 5-2 (9-7) Chased leader, 3rd halfway, headway into 2nd 2f out, ridden to challenge inside final furlong, dispute dying strides, just failed, 2nd of 6, shd behind Notalossonya (8-6) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp gf.
Peacock's Pride 3-1 (9-6) Held up, moderate 7th halfway, ridden and dropped towards rear 3f out, kept on one pace straight, 6th of 9, 9l behind Princess Lomi (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 gd.
Alajan (IRE) 28-1 (10-1) Mid-division, closer in 7th 5f out, no extra 3f out, 17th of 20, 50l behind Admiral Barry (10-1) at Galway 2m Amateur Handicap (70-100) (4yo+).
Top Spin (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Towards rear, progress straight, ridden into 2nd over 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 1f out, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind King's Vintage (8-12) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp gf.
La Chassotte (FR) 5-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway in 6th 3f out, ridden into 3rd 2f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Fairyhouse 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-75 gf in Jun beating Regresa A Mi (8-6) by 1/2l, 15 ran.