Funatfantasia won this a year ago and is now 1lb lower due to mainly moderate form including over hurdles. Reggae Rock had some useful form as a juvenile and ended his first campaign with an easy victory at Galway in October though all of his runs to date have been on ground with plenty of give. ROCK MELODY looked very promising when runner-up to Blue Dahlia over 6f at the opening meeting of the season at the Curragh but couldn't handle the step-up to 1m2f at Leopardstown on his next start. He did much better over 7f at the Curragh on his latest start in May and this could be his optimum trip. Separate Ways returned to form when first past the post in a tough handicap at Galway but was disqualified after drifting towards the rail. The handicapper has compounded the misery of connections by raising him 6lbs and he faces another stiff task. After a short-head victory over Camira at Leopardstown, Castle Bar Sling ran poorly at Galway and will need to bounce back but Desert Romance probably found the softish ground against him at Naas last month after scoring there on fast going a month earlier.
Separate Ways (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Mid-division, 10th halfway, headway into 5th 2f out, ridden to challenge entering straight, led 1f out, drifted right, all out close home, in a race won by Luttrell Lady (9-1) at Galway 1m hcp 60-90 gf in Jul, 17 ran.
Castle Bar Sling (USA) 16-1 (8-7) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 13th of 18, 16l behind Ask Jack (8-11) at Galway 1m hcap gd in Jul.
Desert Romance (IRE) 6-1 (9-11) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 11l behind Maybe Grace (9-11) at Naas 1m hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Funatfuntasia 14-1 (9-3) Towards early, not much room 2f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 9th of 10, 15l behind Celtic Dane (9-5) at Down Royal 1m 5f hcp fm in Jun.
Reggae Rock (IRE) 2-1fav (9-0) Chased leader in 2nd, pushed along 3f out, ridden to challenge 1 1/2f out, stayed on to lead last 150 yards, kept on well, won at Galway 7f 2yo aut hvy in Oct beating Rudi Valentino (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Putapriceonthat (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden in 9th 2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 17, 6l behind Luttrell Lady (9-1) at Galway 1m hcp 60-90 gf in Jul.
Rock Medley (IRE) 3-1fav (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th over 1f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 6th of 30, 4l behind Cnocandancer (9-0) at Curragh 7f mdn stks in May.