Jim Bolger won this a year ago with the excellent Trading Leather, though he already had racecourse experience unlike Mandatario, who cost 120,000gns as a foal. Abushamah made a very encouraging debut behind Agena at Leopardstown and Kerkeni has run well in what looked strong maidens at the Curragh. Bootsandbars ran well for a 33/1 chance at Roscommon but Aidan O'Brien, who won this with Jan Vermeer in 2009, can strike again with JOHN CONSTABLE, a full-brother to St Leger winner Leading Light and closely related to numerous winners. Cheeky Chappie is another newcomer to keep an eye on.
Abushamah (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Agena (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks gd.
Barmy Brussels (IRE) Big Bad Bob gelding out of Abeyr.
Belisarius (IRE) Montjeu colt out of Lasting Chance.
Bootsandbars (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, no impression in 3rd from 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 7l behind All Set To Go (9-5) at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn gd.
Cheeky Chappie (IRE) High Chaparral colt out of Cheeky Weeky.
Expensive Taste (IRE) Moss Vale colt out of Priceoflove.
John Constable (IRE) Montjeu colt out of Dance Parade.
Kerkeni (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, 4th for much, kept on same pace under pressure from under 2f out, 5th of 11, 8l behind Australia (9-5) at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn gf in Jul.
Killary Harbour Nayef colt out of Anyaas.
Mandatario Manduro colt out of Crystal Mountain.
Panama Hat 20-1 (9-5) Soon mid-division, 8th over 2f out, no extra and eased when short of room 1f out, 9th of 13, 16l behind Obliterator (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn stks gd.
Primogeniture (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, pushed along halfway, never a factor, last of 9, 15l behind Agena (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks gd.
Verawal (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden over 2f out, no extra in 4th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 13l behind Carlo Bugatti (9-5) at Galway 1m 2yo mdn gd.
Dancing Soprano (IRE) Jeremy filly out of Devious Soprano.
Empress Toorah (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, no extra entering straight, 9th of 16, 11l behind Colour Blue (9-0) at Galway 7f 2yo mdn fll aut gd.
Firoda Belle (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Soon mid-division, 8th early, 7th from 2f out, soon no impression, kept on inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 8l behind Persian Caliph (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn auc stks pol.
Keep On Walking (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 3f out, 10th of 11, 21l behind Carlo Bugatti (9-5) at Galway 1m 2yo mdn gd.
Zarib (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Dwelt, always behind, no impression straight, 8th of 9, 8l behind Agena (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f mdn stks gd.