Quote Of The Day has a different level of form to these rivals having easily won a maiden at Navan as a juvenile and competed at Listed level subsequently. However, there has to be a reason for his drop into claiming company and he hasn't been seen since finishing last of five at the Curragh in May. Strait Of Zanzibar is another with strong form in his first season but he's been very disappointing this campaign. SPIRITUALITY has been running well at Dundalk and his overall form is progressive. He'll need to find a bit more on official ratings but comes up against rivals with question marks and is handed the vote. Lord Jim won a handicap at Bellewstown on heavy ground in July but has run well in similar conditions to those he will find here and looks a threat along with Dream Scape, the only C&D winner in the line-up, and the lightly-raced Empresario, who has more scope than most.
Empresario (IRE) 9-4fav (9-5) Tracked leaders in 5th, 4th and effort early straight, no impression from 1 1/2f out, one pace, 5th of 9, 7l behind Crystal Kangaroo (9-5) at Killarney 1m mdn stks in Sep.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 14-1 (9-7) Led, joined halfway, led and strongly pressed 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Russian Soul (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Sep.
Quote Of The Day (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Led, strongly pressed and joined over 1f out, headed under pressure final furlong and no extra, last of 5, 7l behind Takar (9-3) at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) sft in May.
Spirituality (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 2nd 2f out, soon led, ridden and headed 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Rigoletta (9-0) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol in Sep.
Lord Jim (IRE) 9-2 (9-9) Chased leader early, soon 3rd, ridden into 2nd 2f out, no extra in 3rd over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Rominintheglomin (9-9) at Listowel 7f 3yo hcp hvy in Sep.
Gumption (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Settled 2nd, ridden and weakened approaching straight, 7th of 9, 22l behind Shifting (9-4) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp 50-80 hvy in Sep.
Celticnama (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Towards rear, some late headway in 11th 1f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 18, 5l behind Love Is The Key (9-0) at Fairyhouse 6f mdn stks hvy in Sep.
Dream Scape 9-1 (9-8) Soon mid-division, headway 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, eased when beaten inside final furlong, 8th of 10, 14l behind Maude Adams (8-13) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp in Sep.
Coco Bella (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Towards rear early, mid-division in 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, 9th of 12, 13l behind Precious Stone (9-0) at Dundalk 1m mdn fll stks pol in Sep.
Gun Shoot (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 16, 10l behind Fastidious (9-5) at Gowran Park 7f 3yo & 4yo mdn gd in Sep.
Sailrfly (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Led, raced wide back straight, headed and weakened quickly under 3f out, 6th of 8, 45l behind Daigreen (9-5) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f 3yo hcp 47-65 hvy in Aug.