Plenty of runners but few with realistic chances. Ram is one to note for the future though probably over fences while Roman General has performed well enough to be considered for a place along with Aidan O'Brien's Carriganog, who should have plenty of improvement in him. However, all known form points to this being a match between Empresario, runner-up to Bridgequarter Girl on his only start over hurdles at Tramore, and COURAGE, with preference for the latter who has been finding the ground too quick after a narrow defeat by Faanan Aldaar at Roscommon in June.
Empresario (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Soon led, a little bit slow 4th, joined from before 2 out, soon headed, no impression and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Bridgequarter Girl (10-11) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Windsor Pride (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, led and disputed after 3rd, ridden and headed after 3 out, no extra and weakened, eased run-in and tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Bayan (10-10) at Listowel 2m Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo) sft in Sep.
Black Chariot (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 10th early, no impression and kept on same pace approaching straight, 10th of 18, 24l behind Minella Foru (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Sep.
Carriganog (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division on outer, progress to track leaders on outer halfway, close 2nd entering straight, soon ridden and no impression, 8th of 25, 15l behind Moyle Park (12-0) at Punchestown 2m nhf sft in Apr.
Courage (IRE) 5-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, reluctant and lost place approaching 4 out, chased leaders in 6th 2 out and no impression from early straight, 5th of 14, 18l behind Wakanda (10-11) at Sligo 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Crystal Wings (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Keen hold to lead after 1st, ran around before 2nd and unseated rider, in a race won by Blood Cotil (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Kateapplebydesigns (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Held up early, headway to chase leaders 4th, 4th halfway, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Sam Da Vinci (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn hdl gf in Aug.
Knight Of Bangkok 16-1 (11-3) Led racing keenly, headed 3rd but remained prominent until lost place 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Tisamystery (10-11) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl gf in Sep.
Larwher'stommy (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and no extra over 5f out, 10th of 14, well behind Spa Hill (11-0) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo nhf gd in Aug.
Maximum Feat (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Prominent in chasing group and soon a long way off the pace, ridden to close in moderate 2nd from 2f out, no extra and kept on same pace from 1f out, 10th of 17, 18l behind Queen Alphabet (10-9) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf gf in Aug.
Medinah Gold (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Waited with towards rear, moderate 10th after 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 8th of 12, 33l behind Vicky De L'oasis (11-0) at Galway 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Sep.
Ram (IRE) 11-8 (11-7) Ld/disp, rcd 2l 3rd, prog to jn ldr 4out, not qckn with ldr 2out & rdn, 3l 2nd last, hung left on run-in, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Degooch (11-7) at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp in May.
Riverside City (IRE) 11-2 (11-8) Soon mid-division, closer order 6f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 8th of 20, 24l behind Wicklow Brave (11-8) at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
Roman General (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Mid-division, closer in 7th after 3 out, ridden and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace from 2 out, 6th of 13, 17l behind Bayan (10-10) at Listowel 2m Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo) sft in Sep.
Saslong 20-1 (11-2) Towards rear, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 9th of 10, well behind The Ring Is King (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Steel Impact (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and weakened 7f out, pulled up 4f out, in a race won by Blow The Doors Off (11-4) at Sligo 2m 2f 4yo nhf sft in May, 11 ran.
Watch This Space (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Soon rear of mid-division, no danger approaching straight, 13th of 17, 46l behind Toe The Line (11-0) at Listowel 2m 4yo nhf in Sep.
Emma Pavlova (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ran wide bend before 3rd, ridden and no extra 3 out, 11th of 14, 24l behind Ballyspellan Lad (11-5) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Aug.
You Got Heart (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Led, not fluent 5 out, headed from 3 out, no extra from next, kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 26l behind Vicky De L'oasis (11-0) at Galway 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Sep.