Gary Phillips rode a winner at Roscommon on Monday and Gordon Elliott has been quick to snap him up for Esporao, who was last seen sauntering home by 17 lengths in a claiming hurdle at Perth. Marc Monaghan is excellent value for his 3lb claim which reduces the 8lb extra the assessor handed Creek Falcon for his C&D victory last week. Invincible Soul has never been a prolific winner but has dropped to such a lowly mark nowadays that he must be a threat though LORD KENMARE looks the one to be on as he's just 4lb higher than when scoring over the C&D in January and arrives in very good form. Paene Magnus makes his handicap debut and has shown enough to suggest he'll be thereabouts.
Invincible Soul (IRE) 12-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, stayed on into 5th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, no impression leaders, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Grey Danube (9-13) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol in Sep.
Salik Tag (USA) 9-1 (9-9) Towards rear, ridden and headway under 2f out, 6th 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind Bonnie Acclamation (9-2) at Leopardstown 6f hcp gs in Aug.
Creek Falcon (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, improved to challenge 2f out, soon led and ridden, challenged 1f out, kept on well under pressure final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep beating Xsquared (9-13) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Esporao (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Slowly into stride and in rear, some progress 4f out, no impression straight, 5th of 8, 12l behind Blackstairmountain (11-5) at Bellewstown 1m 4f stks sft in Aug.
Fairylike (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Never better than mid-division, kept on same pace under pressure straight, 11th of 15, 8l behind Paddy The Celeb (9-5) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gd in May.
Jeangeorges (IRE) 12-1 (9-7) Chased leader in 2nd, disputed 3f out, ridden in 2nd 2f out, no extra when slightly hampered over 1f out, weakened, 11th of 13, 14l behind Creek Falcon (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Lord Kenmare (USA) 10-1 (9-6) Held up in rear, headway on outer into 9th over 1f out, kept on well final furlong into 2nd, not reach winner, 2nd of 14, 3/4l behind Heavy Weight (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Foot Soldier (IRE) 9-1 (7-13) Held up towards rear, ridden into 7th 2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 6l behind Along Came Casey (9-8) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gs in Sep.
Paene Magnus (IRE) 2-1 (9-5) Prominent, soon niggled along, pushed along in pursuit of winner from before straight, soon struggling and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Punch Your Weight (9-5) at Cork 7f mdn stks in Aug.
Pyrenean Music (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Chased leader in close 2nd, ridden 2f out, no extra in 3rd 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Lordhighprotector (8-11) at Listowel 7f 3yo mdn aut hvy in Sep.
Wild China (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden from 4f out, weakened straight, tailed off, last of 13, 47l behind Missunited (10-0) at Clonmel 1m 2f hcp 50-80 gd in Sep.
Bensoon 16-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, headway 2f out, no impression under pressure and kept on without threatening from 1f out, 6th of 14, 4l behind Circumstances (8-10) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Jul.
Tight Times (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, lost place and no extra under pressure from under 6f out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Spider Zagato (9-5) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo & 4yo mdn hvy in Aug.
The Ring Is King (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 1 1/2f out, 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 2 1/4l behind Heavy Weight (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 15-2 (10-4) Prominent, 2nd halfway, ridden and dropped to 5th 1f out, no extra, 7th of 10, 6l behind Topadee (10-10) at Laytown 6f hcp 50-70 in Sep.
Danick Of Time (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on into 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Toufan Express (9-10) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Gagnant (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden in 8th 2f out, no impression in 7th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Creek Falcon (8-12) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep.