It was soft ground when The Black Russian won at Sligo on Tuesday. He's worth taking on under a penalty on this faster going and FORMAL BID is preferred. The latter found only one too good over track and trip on his first start since January so gets the nod. Vinniespride finished well behind the selection last time but is better than that and Rock County is also capable of finishing closer after failing to recover from a bad mistake at Tramore last week. Mudaffar looks best of the remainder
The Black Russian (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Made all, soon clear, in command from 2 out, hit last, eased run-in, never really challenged, won at Sligo 2m mdn hdl beating Donatis Comet (11-7) by 11l, 16 ran.
Rock County (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Led, headed before 5th, bad mistake 6th and dropped to rear, no impression after, last of 11, well behind Alf Wright (11-6) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd.
Milanphardantetime (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Towards rear, closer in 8th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 13th of 16, 39l behind Another Ambition (11-3) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 gf.
Geraldine Gold (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 4th approaching straight, slight peck 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 16, 10l behind Another Ambition (11-3) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 gf.
Vinniespride (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 18l behind Ballyspellan Lad (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Formal Bid (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 2 out, ridden into 5th last, kept on to 2nd run-in, no impression winner, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Ballyspellan Lad (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Eveton (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders and 5th on outer halfway, ridden after 2 out and no extra in 8th before last, 9th of 15, 18l behind Massini's Trap (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl gf.
Mudaffar (USA) 16-1 (9-10) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, 3rd and no extra next, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 9l behind Anshan Dreams (11-7) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf.
Vardas Partner (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Led, not always fluent jumping, headed from 2 out, no extra when not fluent again last, 8th of 16, 11l behind Killcara Boy (11-0) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jul.
Don't Know (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, no extra after 2 out, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 13, 31l behind Hospital (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gf.
Thats Our Luck (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Always rear and well off pace, tailed off after halfway and mistake 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Diplomat (10-10) at Sligo 2m nh nov hdl gd in Jul, 6 ran.