Pires is one of the most versatile horses in training and, after scoring over fences last time, was due to run over hurdles here yesterday where he had a big chance. Tony Martin also runs Quick Jack, who created a surprise when beating two much better fancied rivals at Newmarket though that was over 1m4f and this may prove too short. Star Links did well to land a Galway handicap last week though an 8lb rise looks excessive so this can go to CAPITOL HILL. He won a Galway handicap on soft ground before finishing last of three at Killarney where he pulled too hard. Barack caused a surprise when landing a strong Leopardstown handicap as he had been well beaten behind today's rival Maundy Money on heavy ground at Galway. Majestic Queen and Piet Mondrian are others to note in a wide-open handicap.
Rich Coast 20-1 (9-1) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden and soon no extra 4f out, weakened quickly and eased, completely tailed off, last of 14, well behind Sir Ector (9-3) at Down Royal 1m 5f hcp gs in Jun.
Brog Deas (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Raced 3rd of the 4 throughout, niggled along before straight, no impression from 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 4, 6l behind The United States (9-2) at Tipperary 1m 1f stks gd in Aug.
Maundy Money 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and 3rd halfway, ridden early straight and no extra from 1f out, weakened, 14th of 18, 8l behind Tobann (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Aug.
Majestic Queen 5-1fav (8-13) Tracked leaders and 8th halfway, ridden and no impression over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 7th of 18, 4 1/2l behind Tobann (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Aug.
Cheval Rouge (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 3f out, 10th of 13, 16l behind Romantic Stroll (9-6) at Listowel 1m fll hcp hvy.
Piet Mondrian 8-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon no extra, 8th of 15, 7l behind Barack (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcp gd.
Barack (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and towards rear on inner, ridden in moderate 12th 2f out, still 9th on outer 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead close home, won at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcp gd beating Daymooma (9-5) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Pires 14-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, headway from 3f out, 8th 1 1/2f out, kept on without threatening to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Dabadiyan (8-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Star Links (USA) 14-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on in 3rd entering straight, led final 150 yards, kept on well closing stages, won at Galway 1m hcp 50-75 gd beating Maal (8-6) by 1 1/2l, 17 ran.
Capitol Hill (IRE) 7-4 (9-3) Took keen hold in 2nd, ridden to dispute lead 2f out, headed 1f out, disputing 2nd final furlong, 3rd on line, last of 3, 3 1/2l behind Ravello Again (8-8) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp gd in Aug.
Empresario (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Chased leaders in 3rd, close up 3f out, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Maundy Money (9-0) at Galway 1m hcp 60-90 hvy in Aug.
Quick Jack (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and effort over 1f out, led just inside final furlong, stayed on, won at Newmarket 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug beating Nautilus (9-2) by 1/2l, 4 ran.