Benbecula was in rude form last month with victories at Tramore and Fairyhouse and having gone up plenty for those successes, we reluctantly look elsewhere. SOMETHING GRACEFUL is still open to progression and we'll take Jim Bolger's filly to score. The daughter of Galileo didn't do a lot wrong at Leopardstown last time out, and the handicapper has sought not to raise her for that effort. Benefit Of Porter had a recent run over hurdles and is tried in a first time tonguestrap this afternoon while Napa Starr was rated significantly higher than these rivals a couple of seasons ago and it appears interesting that Connor King has been booked for the mount.
Benbecula 7-1 (9-0) Led, headed and weakened rapidly 4f out, soon behind, last of 12, well behind Dabadiyan (8-11) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Benefit Of Porter (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, 5th entering straight and soon pushed along, slightly hampered 2f out and no extra from over 1f out, 10th of 18, 20l behind King Of Aran (11-3) at Curragh 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) in Sep.
Napa Starr (FR) 25-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride and always in rear, never a factor, weakened and eased final furlong, last of 8, well behind Fionnuar (9-1) at Naas 1m hcp 60-90 gf in Jun.
Something Graceful 5-4fav (9-3) Chased leader in 2nd, dropped to 3rd and ridden entering straight, 4th 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong and stayed on close home without troubling winner, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Fosters Cross (10-0) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gf.
Akinspirit (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Dwelt and in rear, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace from 2f out, 6th of 8, 8l behind Maundy Money (9-1) at Killarney 1m hcp gf.
Phangio (USA) 20-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division and 10th halfway, towards rear early straight and switched right, kept on from over 1f out on outer to go 7th near line, 7th of 14, 6l behind Annakrista (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol.