SHANTALLA hasn't had much racing for his age and has shown definite signs of improvement in his last two starts, following a narrow defeat over hurdles at Killarney with a victory over fences at Listowel on Saturday. He has a 4lb penalty to carry but won with a bit in hand and can complete a quick double. Limerick Lane has to be a big threat after his narrow defeat by Ballibert at Galway but he's gone up in the weights again and has still to win a race of any description. Mount Sion likes fast ground as he showed at Roscommon on his penultimate start but What A Island would prefer some give which appears unlikely here. The consistent High Talk can get involved though the main threat could emerge from Debt To Society, an excellent third to Quick Jack over hurdles at Listowel on Saturday and making his handicap debut over fences.
Limerick Lane (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Soon chased leaders, off the pace, closer order from 3 out, 3rd before straight, challenged and every chance inside final furlong, just denied, 2nd of 18, ns behind Ballylibert (11-0) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 gf.
Mount Sion (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, niggled along from after 6 out, 6th approaching 3 out, soon moderate 5th and no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 30l behind Fourth Class (11-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 gd in Aug.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leader in 2nd, clear with leader halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, weakened, 6th of 15, 37l behind Hansupfordetroit (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 sft in May.
Lord Lir (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Prominent, led from 6 out, headed from 4 out, 6th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Alexander Leaving (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chs gd, 14 ran.
High Talk (IRE) 4-1 (10-6) Led, headed after 4 out, ridden 3 out, no extra in 4th after 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 16l behind Bottle Rattler (10-10) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Aug.
Ample Appeal (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Chased leaders early, soon dropped towards rear, ridden in moderate 8th 4 out, no extra and weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Hillman (10-3) at Wexford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Apr, 15 ran.
Close Review (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Soon chased leaders, 5th after 4 out, 3rd 3 out, no extra and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Mount Sion (11-1) at Roscommon 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Aug.
What A Island (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Prominent, 2nd for much, no impression on winner and kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Rockshandy (11-5) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs gd.
Debt To Society (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Soon prominent, slight mistake 5 out, challenge and slight mistake 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 4 1/2l behind Quick Jack (10-13) at Listowel 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102.
Pat Garrett (IRE) 4-1fav (9-10) Waited with towards rear, not fluent 7th, reminders 6 out, soon no extra and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by The Book Thief (9-12) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gd, 11 ran.
Shantalla (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Waited with, soon well off the pace in mid-division, headway from before 4 out, closed into 3rd going well before straight, led 2 out, stayed on well under pressure run-in, all out, won at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 beating Theholeofthemoon (10-9) by nk, 18 ran.
Nivek's Dream (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, ridden in 9th and no impression entering straight, moderate 8th 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 17l behind Ballylibert (10-13) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 gf in Jul.
Personal Shopper 11-1 (10-12) Led, headed before 2 out, soon lost place and no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 16, 14l behind Harangue (12-2) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 in Aug.