The veteran FIT THE COVE is in superb shape at present and though up 8lb for Sunday's victory at Galway, can race with a 5lb penalty so looks well in. He loves the testing ground and just gets the nod in a tricky race. Footprint never showed at Galway on Saturday after his earlier success at Leopardstown. He can do better and is expected to be in the firing-line but Dash Back was behind Fit The Cove at the weekend and looks held. The two three-year-olds at the top of the weights look to have plenty to do but don't be surprised by a big run from Patrickswell under a 10lb claimer.
Imaginationrunwild (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders on outer, 5th halfway, ridden and no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 7l behind Custom Cut (9-7) at Curragh 7f hcp hvy in Jul.
Battleroftheboyne (IRE) 20-1 (7-13) Held up towards rear, ridden in 9th 2f out, 5th 1f out, ran on well final furlong, just held, 2nd of 13, nk behind Pintura (9-11) at Galway 7f hcp sft.
Footprint (IRE) 8-1 (8-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 10th of 13, 12l behind Pintura (9-11) at Galway 7f hcp sft.
Jembatt (IRE) 13-2 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden into 7th 2f out, no extra in 6th over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Golden Shoe (9-4) at Galway 7f hcp 55-80 sft in Jul.
Patrickswell (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Led, headed after 1f, close 2nd halfway, ridden and challenged 2f out, no extra in 3rd 1 1/2f out, weakened final furlong, 10th of 14, 9l behind Dash Back (8-12) at Down Royal 7f hcp gd in Jul.
Dash Back (USA) 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, 6th entering straight, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 12, 7l behind Fit The Cove (8-8) at Galway 7f hcp 50-75 sft.
Fit The Cove (IRE) 3-1fav (8-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to challenge entering straight, ridden to lead under 1f out, kept on well, won at Galway 7f hcp 50-75 sft beating One Of Three (9-1) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.