Deire Na Sli likes to lie handy and showed good speed at the Curragh last time though she had no answer when Handassa swept past at the furlong pole. Eagle Canyon started a short-priced favourite over a mile at Listowel but the soft ground appeared to catch him out and he dropped away tamely. A close fourth that day was NUCALS STAR, who has subsequently been narrowly beaten twice and can make amends for his short-head defeat by Il Boro at Navan last time. Gentleman Duke couldn't go quick enough over 6f at Naas but had earlier scored very easily over today's trip at Sligo and more rain would aid his cause.
Gentleman Duke (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Always towards rear, 14th of 16, 9l behind Knock Stars (8-8) at Naas 6f 2yo hcp gd.
Truly Genius (IRE) 12-1 (8-0) Tracked leaders, 7th halfway, progress 2f out, 5th 1f out, kept on, 4th of 16, 1 3/4l behind Knock Stars (8-8) at Naas 6f 2yo hcp gd.
Nucals Star (IRE) 5-1fav (9-7) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden to track leaders 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 18, hd behind Il Boro (9-4) at Navan 1m 2yo hcp 50-80 gd.
Long Time Coming (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Towards rear, outpaced halfway, ridden 2f out, 9th 1f out, kept on well, 5th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Knock Stars (8-8) at Naas 6f 2yo hcp gd.
Eagle Canyon (IRE) 11-8fav (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden along 3f out, weakened straight, 12th of 16, 20l behind Rising Wind (8-12) at Listowel 1m 2yo mdn gd in Sep.
Madeira Man (IRE) 14-1 (8-10) Held up, kept on one pace from 1 1/2f out, 11th of 21, 11l behind Stage Master (9-3) at Curragh 6f 2yo mdn in Sep.
Independent Girl (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) In touch, 7th halfway, ridden and weakened early straight, 13th of 17, 11l behind Stylish One (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo fll mdn gf.
Deire Na Sli (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Led racing keenly, pressed from 2f out, headed under pressure over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 8, 6l behind Handassa (8-12) at Curragh 7f 2yo mdn aut.
Bobskier (IRE) 10-1 (8-1) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before straight, 7th of 10, 11l behind Pirateer (9-2) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo hcp in Sep.