After scoring on fast ground at Clonmel in May, Stephen Hero disappointed in much softer conditions at Leopardstown. Juara gained a surprise victory at Roscommon where the fast ground appeared to be in her favour but MELANIPPE, who finished a close third, is better suited by some give and can take her revenge and get back to winning ways. Las Encinas hasn't progressed from a couple of fair early season efforts but John Murphy has won this a couple of times in recent years and Skimming Stone looks best of tonight's pair of entries.
Guitar Pete (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Held up towards rear, ridden and trailing 3f out, no impression, last of 8, 23l behind Train Of Thought (10-0) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f mdn stks in Jul.
Melanippe (IRE) 16-1 (8-1) Chased leaders, keen hold, closer order from 5f out, 4th 3f out, no impression into straight, kept on, promoted to 3rd, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Dark Crusader (9-8) at Galway 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 in Jul.
Flight Ofthe Saker (USA) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division and 8th halfway, pushed along and 10th 2f out, no threat and kept on one pace, 8th of 13, 32l behind Cardinal Palace (8-12) at Bellewstown 1m 4f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Juara (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, moderate 4th from before straight, strong run under pressure final furlong to get up on line, won at Roscommon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-75 gf in Jul beating Daft Dave (8-4) by shd, 9 ran.
Wyoyo (IRE) 14-1 (8-1) Mid-division and 8th halfway, ridden 4f out and dropped towards rear, kept on under pressure in straight without threatening to go 5th on line, 5th of 13, 9l behind Neophilia (8-6) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp gf in Jul.
Stephen Hero (IRE) 7-2fav (8-12) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd into straight, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 7l behind Henry Higgins (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp in Jun.
Skimming Stone (IRE) 16-1 (7-13) Soon chased leaders at ordinary pace, no impression and kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 5th of 17, 6l behind Tin Town Boy (8-4) at Galway 1m 4f hcp 50-80 hvy.
Ty Rock Tommy (IRE) 66-1 (9-2) Prominent, lost place and no extra straight, 13th of 15, 22l behind Manalapan (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Britain's Pride 50-1 (9-0) Dwelt and jumped left stalls, held up, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression 4f out, weakened, 6th of 7, 33l behind Light Storm Cass (9-0) at Wexford 1m 4f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Las Encinas 12-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 3f out, no impression in 6th 2f out, kept on one pace in 4th from 1f out, 4th of 8, 8l behind Capitol Hill (9-10) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp gf in Jul.
Paper Petal (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) In rear and driven along before halfway, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 11th of 15, 22l behind Granny On Fire (8-3) at Bellewstown 1m 3yo hcp 47-70 gf in Jul.
Red Rosa (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Niggled along and soon towards rear, never a factor, 14th of 15, 30l behind Manalapan (9-5) at Curragh 1m 2f mdn stks gf in Jul.
Regal Concorde (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Settled behind leaders early, mid-division halfway, ridden in 7th 3f out, no impression in 6th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 12l behind Irish Bulletin (9-8) at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Jul.
Seismic (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 4th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 8l behind Dark Crusader (9-8) at Killarney 1m 3f 3yo hcp gf in Jul.