Unless the newcomer The Scourge is useful, this should rest between the once-raced pair Fiscal Focus, a promising fourth over an extra furlong at Navan earlier this month, and JOHANN STRAUSS. The latter was sent to Newmarket for his debut and caught the eye in no uncertain terms, including those of the stewards. He had far too much ground to make up and stayed on under hands and heels so it's a surprise to see him dropping in trip. He's still entered in next Saturday's Racing Post Trophy so must win here to justify his place. Sniper is a good yardstick and has run in two Group 1s though finished last in both.
Black Worcester (IRE) 66-1 (9-5) Rear of mid-division and 7th halfway, ridden early straight and no threat from well over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 8l behind War Command (9-5) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo mdn gf in Jun.
Fiscal Focus (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Prominent, close 2nd 3f out, soon ridden, 3rd over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Ebasani (9-5) at Navan 1m mdn stks.
Gone Viral (IRE) 66-1 (9-3) In rear throughout, ridden and no extra early straight, weakened, disqualified as rider failed to weigh in, in a race won by Exogenesis (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul, 5 ran.
Johann Strauss 5-2 (9-5) In rear, ran on final furlong, gaining on leaders towards finish, too much to do, 4th of 13, 2 1/4l behind Seagull Star (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) gf.
Screenshot (IRE) 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 5th approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 6th of 15, 13l behind Buonarroti (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 1f 2yo mdn.
Sniper 50-1 (9-3) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along 2f out, ridden and no extra 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, last of 5, 10l behind Toormore (9-3) at Curragh 7f 2yo Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
The Scourge (IRE) Whipper colt out of House Rebel.