Hawk Flight was a very close seventh behind today's rival King Of Aran over 1m4f at Dundalk before showing that staying is his game over this C&D where he gained his first success in 25 starts. King Of Aran has been consistent since that victory but may be a few pounds high while Plum Sugar has given little indication that she'll stay this trip along with Cloudgazer, who scored over 1m2f at Navan and this is a massive leap in distance. Star Power was beaten out of sight on soft ground at the Curragh and is tried in blinkers while Takeyourcapoff and KASTANIA both beat Sam Lord's Castle last time and the latter, who has the scope to go on to better things, is just preferred and can take this. Long Live The King has always looked a potential stayer but will need to improve on what he's shown to date.
Plum Sugar (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Soon disputed lead, pressed from over 2f out, soon no extra and headed, squeezed for room when beaten inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 7l behind Syann (9-7) at Killarney 1m 3f fll hcp 60-90 gd.
Hawk Flight (IRE) 5-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden to challenge 1f out, soon led, strongly pressed close home, won at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gf in Apr beating Bravely Fought (9-12) by nk, 10 ran.
King Of Aran (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Raced in 4th, headway into 2nd early straight, soon no impression on winner, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Saddler's Rock (8-11) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 gf.
Star Power (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Soon led and disputed, weakened under 4f out, last of 13, 44l behind Paramount (9-5) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp 60-100.
Takeyourcapoff (IRE) 10-3 (10-0) Always prominent, niggled along in 4th over 4f out, 3rd under 3f out, 2nd over 1f out, led well inside final furlong and stayed on best under pressure, won at Killarney 1m 6f mdn stks gd beating Sam Lord's Castle (9-5) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Long Live The King (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Held up towards rear, ridden straight, 5th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 7, 5l behind Negotiate (9-8) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp gd.
Cloudgazer (IRE) 5-2fav (9-5) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, went 3rd early straight, led 1 1/2f out, ridden and kept on well final furlong, won at Navan 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jun beating Aragorn Rouge (9-5) by 1l, 12 ran.
Kastania (USA) 9-10fav (9-0) Led early, 2nd after 1f, ridden under 2f out, kept on final furlong to lead close home, won at Fairyhouse 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Jun beating Sam Lord's Castle (9-5) by nk, 10 ran.