King Malik continues to frustrate in maidens and has climbed the weights without winning. Thewesthowaya hasn't proved he stays this far and Dream Champion is still looking a few pounds high. The veteran Aviatore showed his liking for good ground at Downpatrick but a 9lb rise looks harsh so CHERRYANTOR is handed the vote. He was having just his seventh start when storming away with a Roscommon handicap earlier this month and though raised 8lb David Splaine's claim is a major bonus and he can follow-up. Misty Weather landed a maiden over this trip at Wexford when the ground was very fast and, as her recent starts have been on much softer going, she can bounce back with conditions in her favour. Kilnafrehanstar, runner-up when tackling this trip for the first time at Listowel, is another to consider.
King Malik (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, improved to be on terms from 3 out, in front when not fluent next and again at last, kept on run-in, caught close home, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Flamenco Prince (10-11) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn hdl gd.
King Of Redfield (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, progress on inner after 5 out, 5th and ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 15l behind Liberty Counsel (11-8) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gd.
Dream Champion 10-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, unseated rider 6 out, in a race won by Liberty Counsel (11-8) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gd, 14 ran.
Thewesthowaya (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Prominent, slight mistake 6 out, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 12, 17l behind Blazing Tempo (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hdl gd.
Larkin (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Led and disputed early, led 5th, slight mistake and ridden 2 out, kept on well from before last, won at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Aug '11 beating Nuggets Of Wisdom (9-9) by 2 1/2l, 20 ran.
Irish Poli (FR) 16-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, kept on same pace under pressure from before 2 out, 8th of 19, 18l behind Street Runner (10-2) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gs in Aug.
Bulletproof (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Soon chased leaders, no impression when not fluent 2 out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 33l behind Rawnaq (11-9) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 in Aug.
Derrinlanna (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 9th of 14, 31l behind Gimli's Return (11-1) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Mar.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, closer order to chase leaders approaching 3 out, no impression under pressure straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 10l behind Roadtoabbeyfeale (11-12) at Listowel 3m mdn hdl sft.
Aviatore (GER) 7-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway in 8th 2 out, ridden to lead before last and strongly pressed, kept on well run-in, won at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-95 in Jul beating Baby's Hot (11-6) by 6l, 15 ran.
Cherryantor (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) won at Roscommon 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 beating Easy Reach (11-5) by 7l, 15 ran.
Misty Weather (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, dropped behind in 5th from after 3 out, 5th of 7, 39l behind Lady Olwyn (10-1) at Tramore 2m 5f mares hcp hdl 9-109 hvy in Aug.
Duroob 13-2 (10-12) Pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Prince Of Leisure (10-13) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Aug, 11 ran.
Good Time In Milan (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 11th of 12, 48l behind Blazing Tempo (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hdl gd.
Handsome Dan (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Soon mid-division, improved to chase leaders into straight, kept on well under pressure without threatening run-in, 5th of 18, 4l behind Cerveza Dinero (11-5) at Limerick 2m 6f Amateur Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (4yo+) gd in Jul.
Kilnafrehanstar (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, not fluent 4 out, soon headway, 5th approaching straight, in pursuit of winner and no impression from 2 out, mistake and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Roadtoabbeyfeale (11-12) at Listowel 3m mdn hdl sft.
Coolking 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway into 5th after 4 out, ridden and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 19, 14l behind Dunroe Boy (10-4) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl 80-102 in May.
Serious Fun (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Mid-division, ridden from 4 out, 9th entering straight, weakened, 11th of 15, 35l behind Slim To None (10-8) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Jul.
Craigs Dream (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Golden Kite (11-5) at Galway 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 sft, 13 ran.
The Breathalyser (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led, slow and headed 1st, chased leader, clear of pack from 3rd, came back halfway, left in lead before 3 out, headed 3 out, ridden in 6th next, no extra and weakened, tailed off, 6th of 11, 44l behind Tepalo (11-12) at Sligo 3m mdn hdl sft in Aug.
Super Oscar (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Never better than mid-division, 10th of 18, 21l behind Drumlister (10-6) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.