Rusty Halo has only been placed once in eight starts over timber but arrives in good form having scored on the Flat last month. The lightly-raced Flat winner Crazy Days made a reasonable start over hurdles at Down Royal last month after a break of over a year and is expected to do better as is winning bumper Dr Tommy, who led for a long way on his debut over hurdles at Clonmel. Man In Black has been disappointing and is still a maiden after 26 career starts so it's TEAK, beaten a short-head at Tipperary in June, who gets the vote after finding 2m6f too far last time.
Dr Tommy (IRE) 3-1 (11-8) Led, strongly pressed from early straight, headed after 2 out and soon no extra, 7th of 12, 11l behind In A Nutshell (11-3) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl gf.
King Of Aran (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, closer in 9th after 3 out, moderate 5th and kept on same pace from before straight, 5th of 14, 13l behind Adropaupep (10-11) at Galway 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Aug.
Rusty Halo (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Prominent, slight mistake 2nd, 3rd into straight, no extra and kept on same pace from 2 out, 5th of 17, 11l behind Undertheboardwalk (11-12) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Crazy Days (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th 4 out, ridden next, no extra in 5th 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 15, 13l behind Sun Disc (10-6) at Down Royal 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Horsewithnoname (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 11th of 16, 35l behind Shady Pines (10-13) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl sft in May.
Man In Black (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Held up, not fluent and closed from 4th, not fluent next, chased winner after 3 out, ridden and well held approaching last, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Argaum (10-0) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Nishay (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Led, some slight mistakes, headed before 2 out, soon no extra, 7th of 12, 10l behind Shake The Bucket (11-2) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.
Pharney Lady (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Soon chased leaders, 6th approaching 4 out, no extra and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Madam Bovary (11-7) at Roscommon 2m 4f cond mares mdn hdl hvy, 15 ran.
Red Jim (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, no extra from early straight, 9th of 12, 16l behind In A Nutshell (11-3) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl gf.
Teak (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Prominent, ridden 4 out, lost place and kept on same pace from before next, hampered last, 6th of 14, 22l behind Alderwood (11-5) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gs in Aug.
Serious Fun (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 4 out and soon no extra, no threat in straight, 11th of 12, 36l behind Wither Hills (11-0) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 8Evens09 sft in Aug.
Sughera (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden in 9th 3 out, no impression in 8th next, kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 20l behind Miss Nomer (10-11) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.