Hurricane Ridge and Top Man Michael are both penalised for narrowly beating the same horse, Everything Zain, on their debuts. It's impossible to separate them on that form but Habesh, in receipt of 11lb which includes his rider's claim, looks held having being beaten around nine lengths by Hurricane Ridge at Killarney. South South West was in receipt of 12lb when beating Stuccodor a head over a mile at Galway but a line through the runner-up, though tenuous, hands this to STOCKTONS WING and Charles O'Brien's charge, who has won three of his last five on the Flat, looks the one to be on.
Hurricane Ridge (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, closed in 3rd 3 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, led before last where slight mistake, kept on well run-in, won at Killarney 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl sft in Aug beating Everything Zain (10-12) by 1l, 10 ran.
Top Man Michael (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Prominent early, soon chased leaders, 4th halfway, headway to challenge 3 out, soon narrow lead travelling well, pushed out to assert run-in, won at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Aug beating Everything Zain (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Habesh (IRE) 9-4fav (10-7) Settled behind leaders early, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd 2 out, soon led, ridden and headed last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Fisher (10-12) at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft.
Mad For Road (IRE) 7-2 (8-4) Always behind, 11th of 14, 14l behind Cebuano (10-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jul (flat).
Magical Moon 12-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, ridden in 8th after 4 out, no impression, 7th of 10, 19l behind Hurricane Ridge (10-12) at Killarney 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl sft in Aug.
Quantum Reach (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and weakened after 4 out, 8th of 10, 31l behind Hurricane Ridge (10-12) at Killarney 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl sft in Aug.
Shabra Emperor (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Led, clear from halfway, reduced advantage and mistake 2 out, soon ridden and headed, no extra, 7th of 9, 36l behind Fisher (10-12) at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft.
South South West (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra over 1f out, last of 7, 11l behind Irish Reel (8-11) at Tipperary 1m 1f hcp hvy in Aug (flat).
Stocktons Wing (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Waited with towards rear, improved under pressure to go in pursuit of eventual 2nd from over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong and kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Stuccodor (9-3) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp 60-90 sft (flat).
Up In Flames (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 12l behind Rigoletta (9-0) at Dundalk 1m mdn stks pol (flat).