Chrysanthemum was engaged in a similar event at Cork yesterday where the competition didn't look as strong. Devotion has been a massive disappointment this season though she's probably better at today's trip on ground with plenty of give. Aidan O'Brien also runs Purple, whose only victory came in a moderate event at Killarney and races at this level for the first time. MANIEREE ended her three-year-old campaign with victories at Group 3 and 2 level but didn't reappear until August. She's hardly done herself justice in three runs but will find this much less taxing than the Prix L'Opera where she ran last time and is handed the vote. Loreto is progressing nicely and deserves her crack at this level after a smooth success in a Listowel handicap.
Chrysanthemum (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Raced in 2nd, took closer order approaching straight, ridden to challenge 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 8, 7l behind Up (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 2 flls (1) in Sep.
Manieree (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) 7th of 13, 13l behind Ridasiyna (8-11) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f flls Grp 1 (1) gs.
Balrath Hope (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 2f out, stayed on into 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace and no impression winner final furlong, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Hurricane Twister (7-12) at Roscommon 7f hcp.
Devotion (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Held up, progress into 5th approaching straight, no extra from 2f out, 5th of 7, 21l behind Midnight Soprano (9-7) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) hvy.
Lordhighprotector (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Made all, ridden and challenged 1f out, strongly pressed final furlong, all out, won at Listowel 7f 3yo mdn aut hvy in Sep beating Muntasaf (9-5) by ns, 8 ran.
Loreto (IRE) 9-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, 5th and hampered halfway, ridden in 4th 3f out, under pressure in 3rd 2f out, stayed on to challenge 1f out, led final 150 yards, kept on well, won at Listowel 1m fll hcp hvy in Sep beating Cheval Rouge (9-4) by 2l, 9 ran.
Purple (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Rear of mid-division, headway into moderate 8th 2 1/2f out, soon ridden and no impression, 9th of 19, 19l behind King of Dudes (9-1) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80.
Shifting (IRE) 8-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 3rd and smooth headway approaching straight, led 1 1/2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well final furlong, won at Listowel 1m 1f hcp 50-80 hvy in Sep beating Love Nest (9-1) by 7l, 9 ran.