Muscle Beach has mainly competed at a high level so it was a surprise when he started at 20/1 for his victory at Fairyhouse last week. He's been hit with an 11lb rise and may not be up to conceding 5lb to VECTOR FORCE. Colin Keane rode his 100th winner over the weekend and won't be able to claim but he scored on Ger Lyons' charge at Dundalk in December and was on board for an unlucky effort at the Curragh last month where he didn't get the run of the race. Derulo made an impressive handicap debut here last month when well supported and is likely to improve again despite a 9lb rise but the interesting one here is Longton, a well-connected colt who was sold after impressing for Richard Fahey in his first season and makes his handicap debut off what could prove a lenient mark.
Muscle Beach (USA) 20-1 (9-3) Soon tracked leaders, chased leaders in 3rd straight, closed 1f out, led inside final furlong, soon ridden clear, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Fairyhouse 7f 3yo hcp gf beating Royal Memory (9-13) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Vector Force (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden in 10th 2f out, 9th 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, 5th of 16, 1l behind Have A Nice Day (8-10) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-85 gf in Jun.
Derulo (IRE) 6-1 (9-10) Soon pushed along to lead and clear, reduced lead but still clear of remainder approaching straight, joined from 3f out, led again from under 2f out, soon in command and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Naas 1m app hcp 47-75 gf in Jun beating Intensified (9-9) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Political Policy (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Rear of mid-division on inner, ridden and no impression from 2f out, never a factor, 11th of 16, 5l behind Have A Nice Day (8-10) at Curragh 7f hcp 50-85 gf in Jun.
Longton 15-8fav (9-5) Pressed leader, led inside final 2f, ridden 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, clear when edged right towards finish, won at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Aug beating Arrowzone (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Princess Aloof (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Ran 8th, 6th 2f out and no impression in 5th 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 7l behind Beyond Brilliance (9-3) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo hcp gf in Jun.
Giorgi (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Settled in 5th, progress halfway and 2nd briefly entering straight, no impression in 4th 2f out, no extra final furlong, 5th of 7, 8l behind Achnaha (9-0) at Cork 1m 1f mdn auc stks gf in Jun.