Notorious Villain did better when dropped to 2m at Tipperary while Oiche Maith ran reasonably well over the course and distance last month. This looks a question of whether REAL MAN OF WAR (NAP) will stay the trip as his overall form is superior to that of these rivals. He finished a close second in a point-to-point in December so should have few problems and looks the one to be on. Supreme Vinnie looked a certain future winner when beaten a neck by the long odds-on Tempest Missile over this track and trip in July but he ran poorly at Cork a month ago.
Fluffball (IRE) Westerner gelding out of Badawi Street.
Gigis Alright (IRE) Kheleyf gelding out of Lyrical Tour.
Notorious Villain (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up in 3rd, moderate 3rd 4f out, ridden and stayed on into moderate 2nd under 2f out, no impression on winner, 2nd of 8, 14l behind Macbride (11-10) at Tipperary 2m NH flat in Jul.
Oiche Maith (IRE) 28-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold early, 6th after halfway, 4th under 3f out, tight for room on inner approaching straight, soon no impression in 3rd, one pace, 3rd of 14, 12l behind Sheamus (11-9) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f NH flat gd in Aug.
Real Man Of War (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, chased leader in 2nd into straight, no impression in 3rd and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 25, 4 1/2l behind Totally Dominant (12-0) at Punchestown 2m NH flat in Jun.
Supreme Vinnie (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Slight stumble early and took keen hold, soon mid-division, 7th 6f out, 6th approaching straight, 5th from under 3f out, soon no impression, one pace, 5th of 15, 21l behind Bosman Rule (12-0) at Cork 2m 3f NH flat gd in Aug.
The Rite Article (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Soon towards rear, 13th after halfway, no impression over 6f out, kept on same pace without threatening from 4f out, 6th of 14, 20l behind Sheamus (11-9) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f NH flat gd in Aug.
Patsy's Benefit (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Ww rr, 8th 1/2way, rdn to hold pos 9th, usp in rr 5out, cto 4out, wknd & pu 3out, in a race won by Finea (11-6) at Tallanstown 3m ire ptp sft in Apr, 9 ran.
Rock Me Mama (IRE) Royal Anthem mare out of Ithastobedone.