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Verdict

Irish Derby runner-up ROSTROPOVICH appeals as the likely solution. 2016 Irish Derby third Stellar Mass could pose a big threat.

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Rostropovich
No.(Draw)
Runner
Best Odds
2
(4)
Stellar Mass
  • D
  • BF
J: Kevin Manning
T: J S Bolger
Course and distance Group 3 winner in 2016, never quite able to match that form since. Two runs this year have been below his best, safely held in two Group 3 assignments. Vulnerable to anything that's improving.
Back to something like his best in two starts this year after disappointing 2017 campaign
043-22
Age: 5
Weight: 9-9
OR: 105
Days: 37
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
9 Aug 18 Leopardstown 1m 4f GF G3 9-8 2/4 Eziyra (2½L) 9/4J - 105
1 Jul 18 Curragh 1m 2f GF G3 9-8 2/6 Yucatan (1L) 9/2 107 106
10 Aug 17 Leopardstown 1m 4f Gd G3 9-8 3/6 Steps (3L) 8/1 108 102
2 Jul 17 Curragh 1m 6f Gd G2 9-11 4/7 Rekindling (2L) 20/1 110 109
24 Jun 17 Ascot 1m 4f GF G2 9-1 10/12 Idaho (12½L) 40/1 112 99
9 Apr 17 Naas 1m 2f Y G3 9-6 4/5 Air Pilot (7¼L) 9/1 113 101
3
(1)
Giuseppe Garibaldi t
J: Emmet McNamara
T: A P O'Brien
Second string for Aidan O'Brien, a Listed winner who has placed at both Group 2 and Group 3 level. Holding his form well but does have to turn around form with Rostropovich, who is still improving and has stronger claims.
Holding his form well in good company but stablemate Rostropovich has superior claims
113233
Age: 3
Weight: 9-1
OR: 108
Days: 21
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
25 Aug 18 Curragh 1m 6f Gd G3 8-12 tb1 3/7 Flag Of Honour (1¾L) 7/1 108 107
12 Jul 18 Newmarket (July) 1m 5f GF 3yG3 9-1 t 3/8 Wells Farhh Go (7L) 9/4 108 104
1 Jul 18 Curragh 1m 6f GF G2 8-11 t 2/7 Flag Of Honour (1½L) 11/8F 107 108
22 Jun 18 Ascot 1m 4f GF 3yG2 9-0 t 3/9 Old Persian (2L) 15/2 102 108
7 Jun 18 Leopardstown 1m 4f GF 3yL 9-3 t 1/5 Cimeara (2½L) 7/4J 96 107
2 Jun 18 Navan 1m 5f GF 3yMd 9-5 t 1/6 Cypress Creek (1½L) 7/2 96 95
4
(5)
Master Of Reality b
  • D
J: W J Lee
T: Joseph Patrick O'Brien
Career-best when placed in Listed company at Deauville in August, making his stable debut for an in-form yard today. Very interesting on that basis, but he's likely to need sizeable improvement to be winning today.
Won twice over 1m4f at Saint-Cloud in May, interesting recruit for Joseph O'Brien
81172
Age: 3
Weight: 9-1
OR: 102
Days: 41
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
5 Aug 18 Deauville 1m 6f Gd 3yL 9-1 b 2/7 Ziyad (1¾L) 27/10 - 102
17 Jun 18 Chantilly 1m 4f GS 3yG2 9-2 b 7/8 Nocturnal Fox (3L) 41/10 - 101
21 May 18 Saint-Cloud 1m 4f Gd 3y 8-13 b 1/6 Saint Roch (3L) 14/5 - 87
1 May 18 Saint-Cloud 1m 4f Sft 3y 9-2 b1 1/8 Folamour (nk) 7/1 - 82
13 Apr 18 Lyon Parilly 1m 2f Sft 3y 9-2 8/17 Contessa Du Barry (6½L) 3/1F - -
5
(7)
Rostropovich t
J: Donnacha O'Brien
T: A P O'Brien
Highest rated in the field, second in the Irish Derby two starts ago. He sets the standard on that piece of form, too free in the King George subsequently. This is much easier and he should oblige now his sights are lowered.
Went off much too hard in the King George, obvious chance on form of Irish Derby second
419225
Age: 3
Weight: 9-1
OR: 113
Days: 49
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
28 Jul 18 Ascot 1m 4f GF G1 8-10 t 5/7 Poet's Word (13½L) 12/1 114 107
30 Jun 18 Curragh 1m 4f GF 3yG1 9-0 t 2/12 Latrobe (½L) 25/1 108 116
22 Jun 18 Ascot 1m 4f GF 3yG2 9-0 t 2/9 Old Persian (1¾L) 7/1 107 109
3 Jun 18 Chantilly 1m 2.5f Sft 3yG1 9-2 9/16 Study Of Man (5L) 13/2 - 106
10 May 18 Chester 1m 2.5f Gd 3yL 9-0 t 1/7 My Lord And Master (3¾L) 5/2F 105 107
15 Apr 18 Longchamp 1m Hy 3yG3 9-2 4/5 Wootton (5L) 31/10 - 102
6
(3)
The King
J: Colm O'Donoghue
T: Mrs John Harrington
Sole victory from seven starts remains a maiden, finishing last of four in a Group 3 over course and distance on his latest start. Close-up behind Stellar Mass that day but likely flattered, others look far stronger.
Perhaps flattered by proximity to Stellar Mass when last of four in Group 3 here last time
-82434
Age: 3
Weight: 9-1
OR: 104
Days: 37
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
9 Aug 18 Leopardstown 1m 4f GF G3 8-12 4/4 Eziyra (2¾L) 7/2 100 106
26 Jul 18 Leopardstown 1m 6f GF 3yL 9-5 3/9 Sizzling (1L) 9/2 100 97
12 Jul 18 Leopardstown 1m 2f GF Hc 9-1 4/12 Lucius Tiberius (¾L) 7/1 99 104
2 Jun 18 Navan 1m 2f Gd 3yHc 9-10 2/9 Downdraft (nk) 9/2 94 104
13 May 18 Leopardstown 1m 2f Gd 3yG3 9-3 8/8 Hazapour (9¾L) 16/1 92 92
16 Sep 17 Gowran Park 1m Sft/Hy 2yMd 9-5 1/6 Imaging (3¼L) 7/2 - 89
7
(2)
Kalaxana
  • D
  • BF
J: Chris Hayes
T: M Halford
Lowest rated in the field, with his best piece of form coming when second in a Group 3 at Cork on his latest outing. Beaten by a 104 rated rival that day, will need plenty of improvement to feature prominently here.
Progressive this summer, solid display when second at Cork on first attempt in this grade
-21112
Age: 3
Weight: 8-12
OR: 100
Days: 35
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
11 Aug 18 Cork 1m 4f Gd G3 8-13 2/6 Sizzling (2¼L) 15/8F 98 102
9 Jul 18 Roscommon 1m 3.5f GF L 8-9 1/6 Maths Prize (1¼L) 11/4 93 99
23 Jun 18 Down Royal 1m 2.5f GF Hc 9-9 1/6 Active Approach (2¾L) 6/4F 84 94
4 Jun 18 Gowran Park 1m 1.5f GF 3yMd 9-0 1/16 Echo Park (2½L) EvensF - 75
20 May 18 Naas 1m GF Md 9-0 2/14 Broadway (2½L) 14/1 - 73
27 Oct 17 Dundalk (AW) 1m St 2yMd 9-0 2/12 Night Of Power (1L) 11/2 - 71
1
(6)
Mustajeer h
T: G M Lyons
3-4244
Age: 5
Weight: 9-9
OR: 108
Days: 21
Date Course Race Type Weight Pos 1st/2nd SP OR RPR
25 Aug 18 York 1m 6f GF 2Hc 9-8 h 4/20 Muntahaa (5¼L) 33/1 108 109
9 Jul 18 Roscommon 1m 3.5f GF L 9-11 h1 4/6 Kalaxana (2¾L) 2/1F 108 96
9 Jun 18 Curragh 1m 2f GF L 9-9 2/7 I'm So Fancy (3¾L) 6/4F 110 103
7 May 18 Naas 1m 2f Gd/Y G2 9-3 4/7 Cliffs Of Moher (2L) 9/1 98 108
5 Nov 17 Naas 1m 4f Sft L 9-5 3/9 Tocco D'Amore (3¼L) 3/1 98 101
15 Oct 17 Naas 1m 2f Sft Hc 9-10 1/10 Espoir D'soleil (3¼L) 11/4F 91 100
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2 (4) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/c/5/8/110985c.png Stellar Mass
3 (1) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/k/1/6/145061k.png Giuseppe Garibaldi
4 (5) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/b/6/8/192486b.png Master Of Reality
5 (7) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/5/2/1/251125.png Rostropovich
6 (3) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/6/0/6/216606.png The King
7 (2) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/g/1/5/3751g.png Kalaxana
1 (6) //images.racingpost.com/png_silks/2/3/0/176032.png Mustajeer NR NR NR NR NR NR NR
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