The maiden Eighteen Summers came in for support at Killarney last week but didn't get the best of runs and supporters will be looking for compensation. Ancient Sands has run well over hurdles since a fine effort over the C&D a month ago and Quench The Flame returned to form on heavy ground at Tramore so a 3lb rise doesn't look excessive. GRIS LADERA scored over a mile here last month and was staying on over 1m2f at Roscommon last time. She looks the type to be suited by this trip and gets the nod though Wrekin Rock looks a major threat after his success at the Curragh, his second victory there this year. Forest Minx is entering the veteran stage on the Flat but hasn't had much racing and won a Tramore handicap by 11 lengths when last seen in June though that was on fast ground.
Ancient Sands (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along in 6th 3f out, ridden and progress 2f out, 2nd entering straight, no impression winner over 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Top Man Michael (8-0) at Galway 1m 4f hcp 50-80 sft in Aug.
Quench The Flame 11-4 (9-12) Waited with in rear, progress from over 4f out, went in pursuit of leader travelling well approaching 2f out, soon on terms, in front and attempted to assert from over 1f out, pressed inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 50-75 hvy in Aug beating Dusty Trail (9-9) by 2 1/4l, 5 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.
Gris Ladera (IRE) 14-1 (9-8) Soon towards rear, headway under pressure on inner to chase leaders 2f out, soon 4th, no impression and kept on final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Maude Adams (8-13) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp.
Forest Minx (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Soon mid-division, pushed along in 5th after halfway, 4th 3f out, soon 3rd, challenged 1 1/2f out, in front 1f out and ridden clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, easily, won at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gf in Jun beating Fancy Socks (9-13) by 11l, 13 ran.
Leroy Parker (IRE) 3-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, ridden in 5th 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 8l behind Cheval Rouge (9-4) at Sligo 1m 2f hcp in Aug.
Wrekin Rock (IRE) 9-4fav (9-4) Prominent, keen hold, soon tracked leader, clear of remainder approaching 6f out, almost on terms into straight, got to the front over 100yds out, stayed on well, won at Curragh 1m 2f App hcp sft in Aug beating Jeremy's Girl (9-9) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Golan Go (IRE) 3-1 (9-9) Led early, soon headed, raced 2nd after until led again over 2f out, asserted under pressure from over 1f out until reduced lead and all out to hold on at finish, won at Tramore 1m 6f stks gf in Aug '11 beating Dorset Square (9-9) by shd, 6 ran.
Leyland (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, reminders early, 3rd halfway, driven along approaching straight and no extra from 2f out, weakened, 9th of 11, 19l behind Unanimous (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m mdn stks sft in Jul.
Eighteen Summers (USA) 5-1 (8-6) Mostly 4th, ridden before straight, one pace, 4th of 6, 6l behind Encrypted Message (9-1) at Killarney 1m 3f hcp.
Scottish Reel (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 13th of 23, 18l behind Salam Alaykum (9-11) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gs in Jul.
Valbucca (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, 4th 3f out, soon ridden and weakened quickly, 17th of 22, 14l behind Stuccodor (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m 1f stks gs in Aug.
Salacious Sally (IRE) 14-1 (7-11) Held up towards rear, headway into 7th 2f out, ridden in 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 4l behind Sindjara (9-7) at Down Royal 1m 2f fll hcp gs in Jul.