Noel Meade has won this three times in the past five years and SILVER TASSIE can improve his strike rate further. He made a very promising start in a huge field at Gowran where he stayed on strongly once getting the hang of things and with that under his belt can gain his first success. Director's Forum produced a couple of very strong efforts in the spring and though returning from a lay-off looks a real threat as does Notorious Villain, who was clear for a long way at Fairyhouse before weakening and will probably be ridden with more restraint. The betting should tell us more about the newcomers but Charlie Swan's In The Gate is related to a couple of winners and is one to keep an eye on.
Hidden Harmony (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leader in 2nd, ridden and no extra approaching 3 out where slight mistake, soon weakened, 11th of 23, 39l behind Captain Arceus (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Jabus (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Settled in rear, never a factor, moderate 6th approaching straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 34l behind Drumgooland (11-11) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat sft in Sep.
Jordans Dream (IRE) Singspiel gelding out of In Your Dreams.
Lord Of Tara 5-2 (12-0) Ww, prog to 5th 3out, eff & ld bef last where mstk, rdn & just failed, 2nd of 16, hd behind Rathmoyle House (12-0) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp gs in Dec.
Manuka King (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Divine Affair.
Notorious Villain (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders and took keen hold, led after 3f, clear halfway, reduced advantage 3f out, soon ridden, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Expanding Universe (12-0) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Oct.
Siping (FR) Sleeping Car gelding out of Maille Sissi.
Apache Jack (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) In rear, headway from 3f out, kept on without threatening straight, never nearer, 6th of 23, 10l behind Grand Jesture (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gs in Apr.
Director's Forum (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outer, headway from 4f out, led travelling well entering straight, soon ridden, strongly pressed and headed 1f out, no extra close home, 2nd of 23, 3 1/2l behind Grand Jesture (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gs in Apr.
Gilt Shadow (IRE) Beneficial gelding out of Baile An Droichid.
In The Gate (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of The Distaff Spy.
King Shabra (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Waited with towards rear, no extra from before straight, tailed off, 8th of 11, 49l behind Bonisland (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Oct.
Silver Tassie 11-8fav (11-10) Rear of mid-division, headway from 4f out, ridden in 6th 2f out, went 3rd and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 20, 3 1/2l behind Pay The King (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat gd in Oct.
Cordelia Belle (IRE) Accordion mare out of Unfaithful Thought.
Our Maimie (IRE) Luso mare out of Cormac Lady.
Paddys Angel (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Rcd in rr, mstk 7th, rddn 4out, ko onepcd in rr, fell last, in a race won by Nearly A Dream (12-0) at Borris House 3m ire ptp gf in Apr, 10 ran.
Ceann Phoil Cailin (IRE) Flemensfirth filly out of Osiery Girl.
Take A Chance On R (IRE) Vinnie Roe filly out of Culmore Lady.