BIG BREAK, a Group 3 winner here a year ago, has had little racing this campaign and, after two runs at Group 1 level, was a bit disappointing when beaten by Sruthan in a Tipperary Group 3 last month. That's still smart form, however, and Bold Thady Quill was behind along with Wannabee Better, who franked the form at Naas subsequently when Mizzava was runner-up and Romantic Stroll behind. Mizzava looks held but should still go well and could provide the main threat. The consistent Boston Rocker is better known as a sprinter and has scored just once in 14 starts and tackles this trip for the first time. Francis Of Assisi has won twice on heavy going and will have found the ground much too quick on his return from a long break at the Curragh.
Bold Thady Quill (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Settled towards rear, pushed along in rear entering straight and soon no impression, 9th of 10, 15l behind Euphrasia (9-7) at Leopardstown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) sft in Oct.
Arctic (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, under pressure in 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Balmont Mast (9-6) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Beacon Lodge (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up in 6th, pushed along to take closer order entering straight, ridden into 3rd 2f out, no impression leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Rich Coast (9-7) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) in Oct.
Bubbly Bellini (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Soon towards rear and pushed along, went 8th over 1f out, no impression under pressure and kept on without threatening in 4th closing stages, 4th of 13, 1 1/2l behind More Questions (8-8) at Navan 5f App hcp sft in Oct.
Northern Rocked (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Mid-division, weakened from 2f out, never a factor, 15th of 20, 13l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Sep.
Red Dubawi (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, headway on outer into 7th 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd at line, 3rd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Balmont Mast (9-6) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Ballyorban (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, dropped to 11th and no extra from over 1f out, 13th of 15, 11l behind Beacon Lodge (9-8) at Tipperary 7f hcp 60-100 in Oct.
Einsteins Folly (IRE) 28-1 (9-3) Chased leaders mainly 5th, ridden entering straight and no extra well over 1f out, weakened, 7th of 8, 16l behind Leading Light (9-3) at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Francis Of Assisi (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, no impression under pressure 2f out, 18th of 20, 18l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Sep.
Allegra Tak (ITY) 10-1 (9-9) Raced alone on far side, soon led, headed and weakened inside final furlong, 10th of 13, 8l behind More Questions (8-8) at Navan 5f App hcp sft in Oct.
Ondeafears (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Soon dropped out in rear, 10th early straight, switched towards outer and no room over 1f out, soon switched back to rail and kept on well inside final furlong, unfortunate, 4th of 11, 3/4l behind Cash Or Casualty (8-11) at Listowel 7f hcp hvy in Sep.
Romantic Stroll (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Rear of mid-division and pushed along in 11th approaching straight, ridden and headway into 6th over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 7l behind Wannabe Better (9-3) at Naas 1m fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Big Break 4-5fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, challenged and on terms 1 1/2f out, soon narrowly headed, kept on without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Sruthan (9-3) at Tipperary 7f Grp 3 (1) in Oct.
Boston Rocker (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on near side, led after 2f, ridden 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace in 3rd inside final furlong, lost 3rd at line, 4th of 11, 2 1/2l behind Balmont Mast (9-6) at Curragh 6f Listed stks (1) gd in Oct.
Mizzava (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Mid-division when stumbled after 1f out, 10th halfway, ridden and headway into 5th over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Wannabe Better (9-3) at Naas 1m fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Pop Art (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, niggled along halfway, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 7, 9l behind Rich Coast (9-7) at Cork 1m Listed stks (1) in Oct.