Mick Halford's team is flying and he has three entries with Zariyna likely to prove best as she was obviously not right when favourite at Roscommon following her Leopardstown success. Back Burner couldn't cope with a 7lb rise for his success at Leopardstown when tackling this C&D but was runner-up in this a year ago and looks sure to make a bold bid. Bible Black won a Listed contest here at this time a year ago and has been competing at a high level all year. This represents a drop in grade and he should go close while Iron Major is always capable of a big run at this level. HAIL had become frustrating before finally losing his maiden tag in an incident-packed event at Clonmel a month ago. He'll need to improve again but now he's got that elusive first victory under his belt he can follow up.
Back Burner (IRE) 7-2fav (9-12) Prominent, ridden to lead under 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed 1f out, no extra, 5th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Muck 'N' Brass (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Aug.
Bible Black (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, never a factor, 13th of 17, 10l behind Lily's Angel (9-4) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd in Sep.
Taameer 10-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, no impression from well over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 15, 13l behind Brendan Brackan (9-2) at Curragh 1m hcp 60-100 in Sep.
Aladdins Cave 5-1 (9-3) Settled in mid-division, smooth headway into 4th early straight, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, idled in front and eased by rider, just held on, won at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcap sft in Sep '10 beating Saajidah (8-6) by shd, 13 ran.
Certerach (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, headway and switched left 1f out, not clear run, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind I Have A Dream (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Solo Performer (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Dwelt, soon mid-division, improved to 3rd halfway, soon prominent on outer, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 9th of 13, 33l behind One Cool Shabra (8-4) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Barrow Island (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, no extra and weakened, 12th of 13, 20l behind Along Came Casey (9-8) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gs in Sep.
Sadler's Mark 14-1 (8-9) Towards rear throughout, 8th of 12, 22l behind Inis Meain (9-0) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp hvy in Sep.
Super Say (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division, no impression straight, 8th of 14, 6l behind Russian Soul (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Sep.
Akasaka (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 4th entering straight, ridden and kept on same pace from 2f out, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Russian Soul (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Sep.
Iron Major (IRE) 22-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride and towards rear, some progress and ridden entering straight, kept on without threatening, 5th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Russian Soul (9-3) at Dundalk 1m hcp pol in Sep.
Hail (IRE) 11-4 (9-5) Waited with, closer in 6th before straight, improved on inner from 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well to draw clear inside final furlong, won at Clonmel 1m 2f mdn stks gd in Sep beating Precious Stone (9-0) by 4l, 9 ran.
Moldowney 3-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden in 6th entering straight, no extra, 5th of 11, 6l behind Sure Reef (8-12) at Galway 1m 4f 3yo hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Zariyna (IRE) 5-2fav (9-8) Chased leaders and keen hold, 3rd halfway, ridden 3f out, no extra over 2f out, weakened and tailed off, last of 8, well behind Cheval Rouge (9-4) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp sft in Aug.
Prince Of Fire (GER) 11-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, dropped behind from over 2f out, 15th of 18, 35l behind Sharestan (9-4) at Curragh 1m Extended Handicap (4yo+) in Mar.
Toraidhe (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, weakened, 11th of 13, 50l behind Ursa Major (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp sft in Jun.
Ask Jack (USA) 16-1 (8-8) Dwelt, always towards rear, 8th of 10, 9l behind Piri Wango (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gs in Aug.