CULLENTRY ROYAL never figured in the Irish Cesarewitch last month but has an easier task here. He'd been in fine form earlier landing a double over 1m6f and beat a couple of subsequent winners at Bellewstown in August. John Levins' charge is preferred to Masterful Act, an easy winner at Southwell last time but yet to win at any other track. Shelford has scope to improve but will need to as he steps up in class and Arch Villain came up short in similar company at Ascot last time. Be Perfect has a shout off a 6lb higher mark than when scoring at York but Perennial may struggle having only won a claimer at Wolverhampton last time.
Cullentry Royal 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division, pushed along 6f out, soon towards rear and no impression, 24th of 30, 21l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd in Oct.
Arch Villain (IRE) 8-1 (9-13) Keen held up, headway on outer over 5f out, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 4l behind Ballinderry Boy (8-3) at Ascot 2m hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Masterful Act (USA) 4-1 (9-9) Made all, clear halfway, increased 3f out, eased final furlong, unchallenged, won at Southwell 2m hcp (4) fbs beating Cosimo De Medici (10-0) by 17l, 7 ran.
Shelford (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Held up, headway to chase leaders halfway, ridden over 4f out, kept on under pressure to go moderate 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 10, 11l behind Sohar (9-4) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Be Perfect (USA) 16-1 (8-8) Mid-division and slightly hampered after 2f, chased leader in 9th halfway, some headway in 6th entering straight, soon ridden and no extra from 1f out, 10th of 18, 8l behind Sir Ector (9-7) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp sft.
Theology 16-1 (10-0) Led, 3 lengths clear 9f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Sohar (9-4) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) sft.
Perennial 10-11fav (9-12) Tracked leaders, led over 2f out, soon clear, ran on strongly, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f clm stks (5) pol in Oct beating Sherman McCoy (9-4) by 11l, 5 ran.
Nave (USA) 8-1 (9-6) Prominent, led 9f out, headed 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 8l behind Stevie Thunder (9-0) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Eseej (USA) 12-1 (9-1) Led until halfway, chased winner until over 2f out, stayed on same pace in 3rd and no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 5, 13l behind The Holyman (9-7) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) fm in Jun.