RAWNAQ has been in fine form over hurdles since finishing runner-up in a 1m6f handicap at Leopardstown in April and looks nicely weighted on his return to the Flat. He'll take some beating, despite this looking a competitive event, as though he was a long way in front of Tiger At Heart the latter has improved massively and gained an easy success over this trip at Tipperary. An 11lb rise won't help matters but Leah Claire is another who has been going well over timber and she ran an excellent race behind Paddy The Celeb at the Curragh last time. Beau Michael pops up at big prices every now and then while it's about time the consistent Manuka was winning and Luke Dempsey's claim will help.
Casbah Rock (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Waited with, ridden over 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 6l behind Bensoon (8-13) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gf in May.
Leah Claire (IRE) 8-1 (8-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden to lead 2f out, kept on under pressure, strongly pressed and headed over 100 yards out, kept on same pace but no impression on winner, 2nd of 20, 1l behind Paddy The Celeb (9-2) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in May.
Face Value 9-1 (8-13) Prominent in chasing group, pushed along in moderate 2nd 5f out, no extra from 4f out, 13th of 14, well behind Captainofthefleet (8-9) at Clonmel 2m hcp 60-90 sft in May.
Tiger At Heart (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Pushed along early to gain prominent position and soon led, ridden entering straight and soon asserted, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp gf beating Cebuano (9-9) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.
Beau Michael 9-2 (9-11) Led, headed after 5f, ridden and weakened from 5f out, last of 6, 33l behind Takeyourcapoff (9-3) at Wexford 1m 6f app hcp 50-80 gf in May.
Fisher Bridge (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Settled towards rear, ridden and some headway in 8th entering straight, soon no impression and no extra final furlong, 11th of 12, 14l behind Cul Baire (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 gf.
Donatis Comet (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden and progress into 6th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 2l behind Hurricane Ridge (9-12) at Navan 1m 5f hcp in May.
Manuka (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Chased leaders in 3rd, 4th halfway, close 3rd again 3f out, soon ridden, stayed on in 3rd without reaching leaders final furlong, 3rd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Dynaperformer (10-4) at Tramore 1m 6f ladies mdn stks fm.
Fairylike (IRE) 8-1 (9-9) Mid-division, moderate 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 7l behind Benbecula (10-0) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp gf.
Force Of Habit 10-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, 4th over 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 1f out, 4th of 14, 2l behind Roe Deer (9-5) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcap pol in Dec.
Rawnaq (IRE) 5-1 (9-3) Led, strongly pressed and narrowly headed over 2f out, back in front 1f out, headed and kept on without matching winner closing stages, 2nd of 15, 1/2l behind Head Waiter (8-2) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Handicap (47-75) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
Toretto (IRE) 12-1 (9-4) Waited with towards rear, closed up to track leaders from 7f out, dropped to 4th and niggled along from 4f out, 5th and wide straight, soon no extra, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 18l behind Leah Claire (8-10) at Leopardstown 1m 4f Stakes (0-75) (4yo+) sft in Apr.
Golan Go (IRE) 10-1 (8-13) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along 3f out, ridden and no extra entering straight, 7th of 8, 26l behind Marlos Moment (8-6) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp hvy in Sep.
Spring Hawk (IRE) 10-1 (9-11) Prominent, weakened from 2f out, 12th of 14, 16l behind Balmont Flyer (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Oct.
Tortueuse (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed under 2f out, soon no extra, 11th of 14, 10l behind Star Power (9-10) at Dundalk 2m hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.