Ancient Sands scored over hurdles at Down Royal late last month and arrives here in excellent heart but may not be up to conceding 20lb to STEPHEN HERO. Andy Oliver's charge hasn't had much experience but looked as though a longer trip would suit when scoring over 1m2f at Sligo and this looks just right. Positive Vibes was a bit unfortunate to be disqualified at Killarney and gained compensation at Tipperary. He didn't quite run up to scratch over 1m6f back there last time but should get into the mix. Todd looked on the way back to form at Gowran and Prospectorous has performed in much better company since scoring at Dundalk.
Prospectorous (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Soon well off pace in mid-division, no impression straight, 13th of 14, 36l behind Mourani (8-10) at Curragh 1m 4f app stks gf in Jun.
Beau Michael 12-1 (9-7) Soon mid-division at ordinary pace, dropped behind from over 5f out, tailed off, last of 17, well behind Tin Town Boy (8-4) at Galway 1m 4f hcp 50-80 sft in Aug.
Ancient Sands (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Chased leader in 2nd, improved to dispute lead and ridden 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed and no extra close home, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Prince Chaparral (8-13) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gs in Aug.
Eighteen Summers (USA) 5-1 (9-4) Soon chased leaders and a long way off the pace, under pressure straight, soon struggling, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 9, 6l behind Long Journey Home (10-0) at Killarney 1m 3f hcp gd in Aug.
Positive Vibes 11-4fav (9-7) Chased leaders, 2nd 4f out, ridden in 2nd 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 5th of 8, 10l behind Moveable Asset (9-7) at Tramore 1m 6f stks gd in Aug.
Pivot Bridge 10-1 (9-10) Rear of mid-division and no threat on outer from early straight, 19th of 20, 16l behind At Boolavogue (9-6) at Leopardstown 1m 1f stks gf in Aug.
It's Freezing (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, ridden and no impression from 3f out, last of 9, 17l behind Prince Chaparral (8-13) at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gs in Aug.
Scarlet Prince 20-1 (9-8) Chased leaders on outer, ridden entering straight, weakened, 13th of 14, 24l behind Hurricane Ridge (9-12) at Navan 1m 5f hcp in May.
Todd 25-1 (8-4) Led and soon well clear, reduced advantage and ridden over 2f out, soon strongly pressed, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Heirloom (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp gf.
Mulleady (IRE) 2-1fav (9-12) Mid-division, weakened quickly 5f out, behind straight, 12th of 14, 24l behind Cottesloe (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.
Stony Grey (IRE) 8-1 (9-12) Waited with, 10th early, no impression and kept on same pace from 2f out, 11th of 15, 10l behind Henry Higgins (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp in Jun.
Stephen Hero (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Always prominent, challenged and led before straight, stayed on well final furlong, won at Sligo 1m 2f 3yo app hcp sft in Aug beating Las Encinas (8-6) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Buachaill Tapa (IRE) 25-1 (8-7) Always behind, 12th of 15, 31l behind Mayhem Freddie (7-11) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp 47-75 gd in Mar '12.