The veteran Valours Minion has been running well and deserved his first ever victory on his 29th start over fences at Killarney and is still on a fair mark over hurdles. THE FITZ LADY looked a certain winner when taking up the running at Tramore a couple of weeks ago but was run out of it close home by Pleased As Punch. She may be held up a bit longer this time and can gain compensation though It's All An Act wasn't far behind and should also go well. Glen Orchy Lad appeared to relish stepping up to 2m4f at Sligo and this could prove on the short side but Blue Ridge Lane, who is still a maiden over hurdles after 21 starts, arrives in winning form after scoring on the Flat at Tramore.
Grand Opera (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, 7th 3 out, soon ridden, went moderate 3rd from 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 24l behind Banellie (10-3) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf in Aug '12.
Wot A Shot (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Led, mistake 1st, slight mistake 5th, ridden and headed after 3 out, no extra, 11th of 20, 26l behind Shemshal (11-4) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf in May.
Royal Boru (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Towards rear, trailing from 4 out, tailed off, 17th of 18, well behind Imperial Breeze (10-11) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Jun.
Marmaladeskies (IRE) 28-1 (11-6) Raced adrift in rear, not fluent, joined main group with circuit to go, progress before 3 out into mid-division, ridden and stayed on well from 2 out, never on terms, 6th of 16, 5l behind On My Own (11-5) at Killarney 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Regal Warrior (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 14th of 17, well behind Royal Flight (11-7) at Down Royal 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Dec.
It's All An Act (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Mid-division, 5th halfway, 4th after 3 out, ridden and improved into 2nd after 2 out, no impression run-in and kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 12l behind Drunken Counsel (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Cristy's Call (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Mid-division, ridden in 10th after 4 out, no impression from before 2 out, 10th of 13, 13l behind The Black Russian (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Jul.
Mollies Gent (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Prominent, 2nd halfway, lost place approaching 3 out, soon no extra, weakened, 10th of 16, 32l behind Pleased As Punch (11-4) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Towards rear, ridden along 4 out, stayed on into 9th 3 out, kept on one pace under pressure, 7th of 16, 28l behind Formal Bid (11-4) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug '13.
Obispo (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Led, joined 3 out, soon ridden and headed, weakened before straight, 7th of 11, 32l behind He Is Top Class (10-6) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-102.
The Fitz Lady (IRE) 5-1fav (10-12) Rear of mid-division, progress after 3 out and challenged next, led approaching last and kept on under pressure, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 16, nk behind Pleased As Punch (11-4) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Glen Orchy Lad (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Raced towards rear of mid-division, improved into 3rd after 3 out, disputed before straight, ridden run-in and soon led, kept on well to hold on, won at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 beating Johnston's Best (11-0) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Gold Tantrum (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Mid-division, 9th halfway, progress into 5th 2 out, no impression in 4th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 16, 9l behind Pleased As Punch (11-4) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Valours Minion (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, progress into mid-division at 4th, soon chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to 2nd 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well under pressure run-in, all out close home, just held on, won at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 gd beating Baby Whizz (11-5) by hd, 11 ran.
Catchin Time (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead 4 out, ridden and headed after 2 out, weakened, 8th of 16, 26l behind Royal Shot (11-6) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-95 in Jul.
Sulki Rose (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, ridden to lead briefly after 2 out, soon headed, dropped to 3rd before last, kept on one paced, 3rd of 16, 13l behind Royal Shot (11-6) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp hdl 80-95 in Jul.