Massinga started odds-on for a Galway maiden over 1m4f a fortnight ago and duly obliged. The fourth has come out and won subsequently but this is a big drop in trip for Dermot Weld's filly. SEA COAST has found her form and though possibly unsuited by soft ground at Cork she did it nicely and it looks as there's more to come so she's handed the verdict. Laviniad keeps coming up against in-form rivals but was tried over 1m4f last time and may find this on the short side. Irish Reel was on a long losing run before bouncing back in no uncertain terms at Roscommon. She'll enjoy the soft ground better than most and though 9lb higher she can still make her presence felt.
Whimsical (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Soon mid-division in 5th, pushed along under 3f out, no impression from before straight, 6th of 9, 25l behind Queen Of Alba (8-4) at Sligo 1m 2f hcp sft.
Massinga (IRE) 8-11fav (9-0) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, closer 4f out, led 2f out, ridden entering straight, kept on strongly final furlong, won at Galway 1m 4f mdn stks gd beating Awesome Star (9-5) by 3l, 6 ran.
Sea Coast (IRE) 9-4fav (9-7) Held up last, travelled well into 3rd 2 1/2f out, 2nd and pushed along 2f out, ridden into lead 1 1/2f out, narrow advantage and driven inside final furlong, kept on best, won at Cork 1m fll hcp beating Antique Platinum (9-7) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Laviniad (IRE) 3-1 (8-11) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along in 4th 3f out, almost on terms 2f out, chased winner 1f out, soon briefly edged right, no impression, 4th of 7, 7l behind Rayna (8-2) at Sligo 1m 4f fll hcp sft.
Ashtaroth 20-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, soon 4th, one pace under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Expensive Taste (9-6) at Galway 7f 3yo hcp 50-80 gd in Jul.
Irish Reel (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Soon led, asserted from 2f out, soon clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Roscommon 1m 2f hcp 50-75 in Jun beating Cristy's Call (9-0) by 6l, 13 ran.
Leafy Suburb (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Prominent, 2nd halfway, challenged and on terms over 2f out, soon 2nd and no impression, dropped to moderate 5th and no extra 1f out, 7th of 15, 10l behind Grandma's Hands (9-0) at Naas 1m 3yo fll stks in May.