REBEL FITZ was surprisingly beaten on his chasing debut but has made no mistake since and was very impressive when beating the useful Sizing Italy at the Festival here last month. He can go all the way to the top of the novice division this season, though the concession of weight to some decent rivals won't be easy. Shadow Eile, runner-up in the Grade 1 Mares Hurdle at Punchestown in April, had no problems making a winning debut over fences at Killarney and could turn out to be very useful while Saint Gervais , though a long way behind the selection at Killarney in July, definitely improved to beat Steps To Freedom there last month. Henry De Bromhead has some nice chasers this season and Lord Ben is amongst them though he'll need to improve further in this company.
Rebel Fitz (FR) 10-11fav (11-9) Settled 4th early, headway into 3rd 3 out, soon disputed 2nd, 3rd and pushed along briefly before straight, soon challenged and back on bridle, eased ahead run-in, won at Galway 2m 1f nov chs hvy in Aug beating Sizing Italy (11-6) by 4l, 6 ran.
Lord Ben (IRE) 7-2 (11-5) Made all, pushed along approaching 2 out where slight mistake, soon ridden, slight mistake last, kept on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m hdl gd in Aug beating Shamar (11-12) by 2 3/4l, 4 ran.
Saint Gervais (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, headway to challenge entering straight, disputed 3 out, ridden 2 out, edged ahead run-in and kept on well closing stages, won at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in Aug beating Steps To Freedom (11-12) by 1l, 13 ran.
Cnoc Na Sioga (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and headed before 3 out, soon no extra, 8th of 14, 24l behind Giant's Quest (11-2) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Ted Dolly (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 3 out, no impression next, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 18l behind Saint Gervais (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in Aug.
Shadow Eile (IRE) 2-5fav (11-7) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 4 out, headway and slight mistake 3 out, led 2 out, pushed out to assert before last, easily, won at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in Aug beating Ashbury (11-0) by 7l, 6 ran.
Ashbury (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up early, soon improved to chase leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th 4 out, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace to 2nd last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Shadow Eile (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in Aug.