It's difficult to find one without a chance in a tricky handicap though Granny On Fire's best form has been over further and Target Acquired has struggled at the weights since completing a double in July. HARPIST didn't run very well at Roscommon last time but her earlier form puts her in with a real shout and, as she may just have had an off-day, she's taken to regain the winning thread. Longfield Lad is returning to form and Victor's Beach is just 1lb higher than his only success to date.
Target Acquired (IRE) 33-1 (8-1) Led, ridden and strongly pressed 2 1/2f out, headed under 2f out, soon no impression, 9th of 20, 7l behind Moran Gra (8-13) at Curragh 1m hcp gf.
Harpist (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along in 7th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace, 9th of 15, 8l behind Angela's Dream (9-0) at Roscommon 7f hcp gd in Aug.
Granny On Fire (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Chased leaders in 4th, ridden on inner 2 1/2f out, went 3rd on inner 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Maude Adams (9-4) at Ballinrobe 1m 1f stks 0-80 in Aug.
Sword Of Light (IRE) 14-1 (9-6) Chased leaders on outer and 6th halfway, 8th and no impression early straight, kept on one pace final furlong, 7th of 13, 6l behind So Devoted (9-7) at Leopardstown 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Victor's Beach (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Reluctant to enter stalls, mid-division, 7th 2f out and no impression from over 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 14, 6l behind Mordanmijobsworth (9-4) at Naas 1m 3yo hcp 47-75 gf in Jun.
Longfield Lad (IRE) 10-1 (9-4) Held up in rear, headway in 4th 3f out, ridden 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on final furlong to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Slipper Satin (9-8) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp gd in Aug.
Ace Pearl (USA) 8-1 (9-4) Behind, hung left throughout, never dangerous, 14th of 16, 21l behind Knight's Parade (8-13) at Chepstow 1m 2yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Sep '12.
Tough Lady (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon hampered, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 6l behind Evoke (9-4) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Marvelous James (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Disputed early, soon chased leaders, moderate 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 4f out, no extra in 6th 3f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 10, 30l behind Jan Van Eyck (8-13) at Navan 1m 2f 3yo clm in Jun.