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No Bet.

Likely favourite here, Plantagenet got the run of the race when a fine third to Elleval last week, the horse loves a fast pace when the front runners come back. Not been as good in small fields historically, so it might pay to consider Mickdaam, didn't show much behind Vercingetorix last time but is a former listed winner here, over Surfer, and has a small field Group three to his name in the UK. However given that Mike De Kock cautioned that the horse is still short of his peak earlier this week, while his class might be enough here, would for me be a watching brief race only.

Ottoman Empire sprung a surprise last time when beating String Theory but now an 8 year old, I don't think he's in Mickdaam's class.


Tamarkuz will be popular as he is another lightly raced UK horse with good all weather form who let backers down last time, but no surprise if he has to give best to FREE WHEELING (e/w) who has been running well enough and his run behind Eastern Rules was probably a stronger race than the one where Van Rooney and Ocean Tempest filled the places behind Avon Pearl on the same card.

Another race to treat with extreme caution.


A minimum e/w stake here on KAVANAGH, as the horse drops to 6f and is fitted with cheekpieces now. Thrived with racing last year, and ran a fine second to Mental when dropped to this trip last year before scoring decisively next time. Naawaar is interesting off his wins at minor meetings, while Dux Scholar has been very disappointing and is another who might easily bounce back, but Glass Office is another to consider. Not beaten far in group and Listed Company in the UK last year, could easily spring a surprise in a contest where a big priced winner would not surprise. 


CAPITAL ATTRACTION (NAP) should have too much class for a pretty rum bunch by Carnival standards. Solid effort in a G3 behind African Story last season for example and a decent enough run behind Long John last time when fourth in another G3. Mufarrh isn't the most hearty of battlers, while Energizer ran like a nutcase last time, taking off down the back. Whether the saddle slipped wasn't clear, but it's tough to see him bouncing back.
Captain Joy has been disappointing since a treble at Dundalk a while ago, looks a tricky ride nowadays, whether ridden up with the pace as last time or from the rear previously, and the others don't look up to the selection's level.

Rebel Song could go well at a price if getting an easy time up front, while it might be Disa Leader who gives the selection most to do, though on a line through African Story has a fair bit to find with the Nap.


Certerach and Star Empire, second and third to Excellent Result, renew rivalry here, while a lot of the others are familiar foes too. Simenon is a favourite of mine and the tough globetrotter looks likely to put in another fine effort given that Ryan Moore is booked. Renew is a new kid on the block, while Saddler's Rock oozes class but doesn't always find in the finish. Cavalryman is another grizzled stayer whose Cup final this might be.

In truth I'll probably pass, but Certerach e/w would be the token suggestion to run his race again.


Despite the field size, only three count for me here, and it's no easy task choosing between SANSHAAWES, Saxo Jack and Tarbawi.
Saxo Jack beat Haafaguinea after a nice debut run here behind CatOMountain. A solid performer in the past, for example running a huge circuit time when beating Steps to Freedom at Dundalk, but Sanshaawes had a stack of entries this weekend and they've settled in this spot. A good fourth to Gabrial, having got warm beforehand and looking badly in need of the run, before a smooth success last time.

Tarbawi actually finished one place ahead of Sanshaawes in the Gabrial race, however had a much smoother time of things and was race-fit, so the selection can reverse the form here.
Start Right might not get the run of the race as cleanly as last week, while Regulation is probably not quite in the same class as the principals.