An Saighdiur has returned to form and gained his seventh victory at Tipperary earlier this month - he has no problems acting on this surface. But he was a long way behind Via Ballacroy at the Curragh in May and the latter also has a good record on Polytrack. It's difficult to know what to make of LAKE DISTRICT, who makes his handicap debut. But he was always travelling like a winner at Cork and stormed away to score by seven lengths so could have been let in lightly. He's given the nod despite this being a very tough race in which regular Polytrack winner Almadaa and the useful Farmleigh House, who has won five times here and generally performs at a higher level, are other major contenders.
Farmleigh House (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along before halfway, dropped to 10th 1f out, soon no impression, kept on, 5th of 16, 2l behind Hitchens (9-9) at Curragh 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Elusive Time (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, ridden in 7th 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 7th of 10, 8l behind Russian Soul (9-7) at Tipperary 5f Listed stks (1).
An Saighdiur (IRE) 9-2fav (9-9) Led and disputed, close 2nd halfway, ridden to challenge 1f out, edged ahead final 100 yards, kept on well under pressure, won at Tipperary 5f hcp beating Judies Child (7-9) by nk, 10 ran.
Tennessee Wildcat (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Raced centre in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 11th of 18, 6l behind Heaven's Guest (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf in Jul.
Six of Hearts 20-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, never a factor, no threat from 2f out, 16th of 18, 13l behind Tobann (9-3) at Leopardstown 7f hcp gd.
Via Ballycroy (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression, 6th of 11, 7l behind Miss Lahar (9-5) at Naas 6f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
Cash Or Casualty (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Awkward out of stalls, keen hold in mid-division, 9th before straight, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 7th of 13, 4l behind Northern Rocked (8-3) at Galway 7f hcp sft.
Lake District Evensfav (9-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, brought wide entering straight and led 2f out, ridden to assert early final furlong and stayed on strongly, won at Cork 7f mdn stks beating Inkerman (9-5) by 7l, 10 ran.
Almadaa 11-4fav (9-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway to challenge 1f out and led 100 yards out, kept on well, won at Cork 6f app hcp 50-75 beating Doonard Prince (8-8) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Lightnin Hopkins (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, lost place and no extra from over 1f out, last of 12, 11l behind Eastern Rules (9-4) at Curragh 7f hcp gf in Jul.
Arbitrageur (IRE) 12-1 (8-5) Waited with, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, soon no impression, kept on, 6th of 21, 1 1/2l behind Whozthecat (8-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gf in Jul.
Strait Of Zanzibar (USA) 40-1 (8-1) Rear of mid-division, ridden towards rear 3f out, no impression, 14th of 18, 28l behind Brendan Brackan (9-6) at Galway 1m hcp in Jul.
Rummaging (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and went 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, not trouble winner, 2nd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Bronte (9-2) at Tipperary 7f hcp gf in Jul.
Patrickswell (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Led, strongly pressed and headed 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, kept on one pace under pressure and held on for 2nd close home, 2nd of 13, 2l behind So Devoted (9-7) at Leopardstown 6f hcp gd.