No three-year-old has won this so far but VICTORY SONG can put matters right. Bred to be a true champion, he has only run twice and handled heavy ground well enough on his debut and the fact that he's in a Group 3 at Ascot later suggests he's well regarded. Encrypted Message has been going well in tough handicaps on much quicker ground and is better in these conditions so should carry his big weight with distinction. Captainofthefleet, who scored over 2m1f at Clonmel in May before finding 1m4f too short a couple of weeks later, will be suited by the trip and ground and looks a major threat if ready after his summer break.
Encrypted Message (IRE) 9-2 (9-11) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden over 2f out, dropped to 3rd under 2f out, kept on same pace in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Heirloom (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp gf.
Caim Hill (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along halfway, weakened from 4f out, 9th of 10, 33l behind Crystal Earth (8-10) at Tramore 2m hcp gd in Aug.
Clara Bel La (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Kerisa (8-8) at Sligo 1m 4f fll hcp in Aug.
Captainofthefleet (IRE) 6-1 (9-12) Led, ridden 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, under pressure in 3rd 1f out, kept on again inside final furlong and pressed winner close home, just held, 2nd of 12, nk behind Lethal Weapon (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 3f hcp 50-80 in May.
Victory Song (IRE) 11-10fav (9-5) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to lead 3f out, ridden clear 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m 2f 3yo mdn gf beating Deep Speed (9-5) by 1l, 9 ran.
Abou Ben (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Prominent, no extra and kept on same pace straight, 10th of 20, 11l behind Edeymi (10-13) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 in Jul.
Lady Giselle 5-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along in 3rd 3f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, soon no extra, last of 8, 10l behind Daymooma (9-2) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp gd in Aug.
Sho Girl (IRE) 25-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened, 10th of 11, 40l behind Kerisa (8-8) at Sligo 1m 4f fll hcp in Aug.
Phangio (USA) 12-1 (9-3) Soon prominent at ordinary pace, no extra final furlong, kept on same pace under pressure, 4th of 17, 4 1/2l behind Tin Town Boy (8-4) at Galway 1m 4f hcp 50-80 sft in Aug.
Courageous Cry (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Led, ridden over 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed over 1f out, no extra, 7th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Timjoe (8-3) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f hcp in Aug.
Ibsen (IRE) 7-2 (9-3) Waited with towards rear, niggled along from 5f out, went 7th under pressure before straight, improved into 3rd and no impression inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Busted Tycoon (9-10) at Galway 2m hcp 50-70 sft in Aug.