Craftsman was just touched off at Gowran on his introduction then had few problems seeing off The Panhandler on heavy ground at Listowel. He'll improve again as will Intensical, who looked well suited to this trip when scoring at Roscommon. HIDDEN OASIS won a Galway maiden by 10 lengths before tackling an extra furlong in a Listowel nursery where he was caught close home by Mekong River. This isn't much easier but his overall form just gives him the edge. Ava Star looks well enough treated and she's another who will be suited by dropping back to this trip. 3.15
Hidden Oasis (IRE) 15-8fav (9-10) Tracked leaders, improved going well in 3rd from 2f out, ridden to lead from 1f out, headed and not match winner final 50yds, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Mekong River (9-5) at Listowel 1m 2yo hcp in Sep.
Simple Love (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Raced in 4th, ridden and no extra over 1f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 5, 4 1/2l behind Exogenesis (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Jul.
Craftsman (IRE) 2-5fav (9-5) Tracked leaders, challenged and led from under 1f out, kept on well, won at Listowel 7f 2yo mdn aut hvy in Sep beating The Panhandler (9-0) by 2l, 13 ran.
Intensical (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Always prominent, soon raced in 3rd, challenged under pressure and led from 1f out, stayed on well, all out to hold on at the finish, won at Roscommon 7f 2yo mdn gd in Sep beating Vector Force (9-5) by hd, 15 ran.
Dai Bando (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Soon raced in 2nd, struggling to match winner from before straight, 3rd and no impression 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 15l behind Buonarroti (9-5) at Tipperary 1m 1f 2yo mdn.
Ava Star (IRE) 6-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, ridden in 2nd 2f out, pressed winner final furlong, kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 14, 1/2l behind Odisseia (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 2yo hcp gd in Sep.
Sophie's World (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Soon chased leaders, 6th before straight, no impression from over 1f out, stayed on final furlong without troubling winner to go 2nd near line, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Chroussa (9-0) at Listowel 6f 2yo fll mdn in Sep.
Focussed (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Tracked leader, on terms and every chance straight, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 5l behind Mekong River (9-5) at Listowel 1m 2yo hcp in Sep.