ANCIENT SANDS is in tremendous form having won twice over hurdles and on the Polytrack at Dundalk on Friday - a 5lb penalty is unlikely to prevent a follow-up. Lethal Weapon wants some more rain but if the going became testing would have a fine chance of going one better than at Listowel when runner-up to Stony Grey. Beau Michael is the only course and distance winner in the line-up and isn't badly treated while Banker Burke has more scope than most having landed a handicap at Dundalk in very good style. Miss Ekaterina could provide the main threat as she has been gradually improving and only just failed to hold the late thrust of Wyoyo at Roscommon after forcing the pace for much of the way.
Ancient Sands (IRE) 11-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, 4th for much, challenged and led 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 60-85 pol beating Tooreen Legend (9-1) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Lethal Weapon (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Always prominent, keen hold early, 5th into straight, ridden to chase winner and no impression inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 14, 2 3/4l behind Stony Grey (8-10) at Listowel 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Abu Nayef (IRE) 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, ridden along under 4f out, 3rd approaching straight, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 9, 6l behind Time For Action (9-9) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp gd in Sep.
Beau Michael 20-1 (10-0) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden along and lost place 5f out, weakened over 3f out, last of 12, 35l behind Stephen Hero (8-6) at Galway 1m 4f App hcp gd in Sep.
Lonan (IRE) 7-2fav (9-9) Mid-division on inner, ridden in 7th 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 2l behind Shalaman (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp pol in Sep.
Castle Bar Sling (USA) 12-1 (8-4) Rear of mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon no impression, 13th of 22, 10l behind Campanology (10-0) at Curragh 1m hcp gf in Sep.
Civil War (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Dwelt, rear of mid-division on inner, ridden and progress into 8th 3f out, soon weakened, 13th of 18, 22l behind Stony Grey (9-7) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80.
Miss Ekaterina (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, improved to dispute lead 5f out, soon led and clear, reduced lead over 1f out, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Wyoyo (9-3) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 gd in Sep.
Carvelas (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden to lead under 2f out, headed under 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 1l behind Shalaman (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp pol in Sep.
A Twist Of Fate (IRE) 50-1 (9-11) Dwelt, soon mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, kept on one pace, 8th of 13, 6l behind Bint Nayef (8-9) at Galway 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Sep.
Ginger Genie (IRE) 18-1 (9-1) Soon mid-division, closer in 6th on outer into straight, no extra from over 1f out, 13th of 14, 23l behind Stony Grey (8-10) at Listowel 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Alkali (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Went a little right out of stalls, soon chased leaders, 4th under 4f out, no impression from before straight, soon 3rd and kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Teocht (9-0) at Tipperary 1m 4f fll mdn stks gd in Sep.
Traveller's Tales 12-1 (9-8) Towards rear, closer in moderate 7th approaching straight, ridden in moderate 5th from 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 14, 4l behind Wyoyo (9-3) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 gd in Sep.
Little Arrows (IRE) 7-1 (8-4) Rear of mid-division, headway from 3f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, 4th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 17, 3l behind Dysios (9-1) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80.
Banker Burke (IRE) 7-2fav (9-4) Soon tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd before straight, 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol beating Melanippe (9-5) by 2l, 14 ran.
Feisty Champion (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Soon mid-division, 9th early, pushed along 4f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 8th of 14, 11l behind At Boolavogue (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f Handicap (55-70) (3yo+) pol.
Golden Silence (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) A little awkward leaving stalls, soon chased leaders, no extra approaching straight, 12th of 14, 23l behind Wyoyo (9-3) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 gd in Sep.
Table Forty Six (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Soon towards rear, headway on outer straight, no impression and kept on without threatening from over 1f out, 6th of 14, 13l behind Banker Burke (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.
Stephen Hero (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, 9th 2f out, soon no impression, 6th of 17, 9l behind Dysios (9-1) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80.
Mornin' Gorgeous 33-1 (9-0) Led early, prominent, 2nd and clear of remainder 4f out, reduced advantage before straight, lost place and no impression from 2f out, 6th of 14, 10l behind Timikar (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Sep.
Juara (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden entering straight, close 4th 2f out, disputed lead over 1f out, soon headed, kept on same pace in close 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 1l behind Days Ahead (10-0) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gf in Sep.
Sacred Sovereign (IRE) 25-1 (8-8) Chased leaders, keen hold, closed into 3rd over 2f out, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Banker Burke (9-4) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol.