Great Explorer has hardly been thrown in on his handicap debut and it wasn't much of a maiden he won at Fairyhouse but there's sure to be more to come from the son of Galileo. However, the same is likely to be the case for MIDFIELD GENERAL, who tackles this more suitable trip for the first time, and in receipt of 12lb he's handed the vote. Minister Of Mayhem looked in need of further when beaten over a mile at Bellewstown but looks high enough in the weights and Sweet Refusal has been disappointing on her last two starts after a good run over this trip at Clonmel.
Great Explorer (IRE) 11-8fav (9-5) Close up in 2nd, improved to dispute lead and pushed along entering straight, hard ridden 2f out, led narrowly 1f out, stayed on well under pressure close home, won at Fairyhouse 1m 2f mdn stks gd beating Arch Pearl (9-5) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Minister Of Mayhem 5-1 (9-5) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, ridden along 3f out, 3rd 2f out, no extra in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 8l behind Luna Forest (8-11) at Bellewstown 1m 3yo mdn aut gf.
Seven Samurai (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Chased leaders and ridden along in 6th after halfway, dropped to rear entering straight and soon no extra, eased when beaten, last of 8, 32l behind Weather Watch (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 4f 3yo mdn aut gf in Jun.
Midfield General (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Soon mid-division, moderate 9th before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 15, 12l behind One True Love (9-2) at Gowran Park 7f mdn stks gf.
Street Party 9-1 (9-11) Chased leaders on outer, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, 6l behind Sharjah (9-5) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-75 gd.
Sweet Refusal (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Close up, on terms over 3f out, headed from 2f out, 4th and kept on same pace from 1f out, 7th of 15, 8l behind Henry Higgins (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp in Jun.