MEKONG RIVER has a Group 2 entry later this month so will need to take this to justify those ambitions. He was awarded the race on his debut at Gowran and had to battle to complete the double at Killarney but there should be more to come and he can remain unbeaten. David Wachman is represented by Hidden Oasis, who took advantage of heavy ground to win by 10 lengths at Galway, and Ruler Of France, who landed what looked like a tough Gowran nursery last time. Focussed is the only one in the line-up not to have won last time out but he ran very well in a lucrative sales race at the Curragh after his two nursery victories and could prove the main threat, though it would be no shock to see any of the remainder winning a very open event.
Hidden Oasis (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, led entering straight and soon sent clear, in command final furlong and stayed on well, won at Galway 7f 2yo mdn aut hvy in Aug beating Trikala (9-0) by 10l, 9 ran.
All Set To Go (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Monty Roberts rug for stalls entry, soon led and disputed, ridden to assert from 2f out, soon clear, stayed on well final furlong, easily, won at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn gd beating Wateed (9-5) by 5l, 14 ran.
Mekong River (IRE) 4-5fav (9-7) Made all, ridden along on bend entering straight, strongly pressed from 2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Killarney 1m 2yo hcp gd in Aug beating Zakhm (9-4) by 1 1/2l, 3 ran.
Adelana (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, pushed along 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, disputed inside final furlong and kept on well, just ahead at line, won at Killarney 1m 2yo flls mdn auc stks gd in Aug beating Chicago Girl (9-0) by shd, 11 ran.
Colour Blue (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Led, headed after 2 1/2f, ridden 2f out, challenged entering straight, disputed 1f out, edged ahead final 150 yards, kept on well close home, won at Galway 7f 2yo mdn fll aut gd beating Sophie's World (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Ruler Of France 10-3fav (9-10) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden in 2nd entering straight, disputed lead under 2f out, led narrowly 1f out, stayed on well close home, won at Gowran Park 7f 2yo hcp gf beating Lady Ultra (8-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Billboard (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Mid-division early, 9th halfway, pushed along in 8th 2f out, stayed on into 4th 1f out, challenged and slightly hampered final 150 yards, kept on well to lead close home, won at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn aut gd in Aug beating Can'thelpbelieving (9-5) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Focussed (IRE) 13-2 (8-13) Chased leaders on inner, ridden in 3rd 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 17, 7l behind Vallado (8-10) at Curragh 6f 2yo aut gd in Aug.