Black Ice and More Of The Same will need to show massive improvement to take a hand against the trio who have shown promise. Lake Nova made a bright start on soft ground at Naas but disappointed when tackling much faster going at the Curragh though he may not have been suited by front-running. Saxo Jack finished runner-up in a big field at Navan and started favourite for a Curragh maiden but he's another who appeared to be undone by the quicker ground. He could only finish fifth behind The Vatican but it was runner-up AL DESTOOR who really caught the eye on his debut and the son of Teofilo looks a very nice prospect for John Oxx and can go one better.
Al Destoor 11-1 (9-5) Soon chased leaders, improved to challenge in 2nd from over 1f out, soon every chance, kept on well without getting to winner, 2nd of 13, 1 3/4l behind The Vatican (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jun.
Black Ice (IRE) 50-1 (9-2) Dwelt, always towards rear, 11th of 13, 27l behind The Vatican (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jun.
Lake Nova (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Soon led, ridden and strongly pressed under 2f out, headed 1f and soon dropped to 4th, no extra, 5th of 15, 5l behind Maggie Dalton (10-0) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gf in May.
Saxo Jack (FR) 9-4fav (9-5) Soon mid-division, 7th approaching straight, soon niggled along, no impression and kept on same pace from under 2f out, 5th of 13, 6l behind The Vatican (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jun.
More Of The Same (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Soon mid-division, pushed along early, no impression from over 2f out, 11th of 17, 21l behind Dr Funkenstein (9-5) at Curragh 1m mdn stks gf in Jun.