ZUZKA went to Galway with a big reputation but couldn't quite pull it off. Willie Mullins' mare had scored over 2m2f at Sligo and the minimum trip didn't suit at Galway so today's distance looks ideal and she can return to winning ways. Chase The Favorite has run her last three races here, landing a C&D success before scoring over fences last month. She's clearly in great heart and won't go down without a battle nor will Spring Hawk, a winner at around this trip at Wexford before a moderate run on the Flat. The remaining trio will need to make major progress to get involved.
Chase The Favorite (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Always prominent, led from 3 out, went clear after 2 out, soon ridden, strongly pressed and all out to hold on close home, won at Kilbeggan 2m 6f beg chase in Jul beating Loughnagall (11-7) by nk, 14 ran.
Spring Hawk (IRE) 4-1fav (11-2) Soon tracked leaders, challenged under pressure and on terms last, stayed on well to draw on close home, won at Wexford 2m 2f mares mdn hdl in Jul beating Cheyenne Girl (10-13) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Zuzka (IRE) 11-4 (11-2) Settled behind leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd after 2 out, ridden to challenge when squeezed up and clipped wing last, kept on to 2nd run-in, no impression winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Face Value (10-10) at Galway 2m nh nov hdl sft in Jul.
Run Mary (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, fell 4 out, in a race won by Cuteasafox (11-4) at Limerick 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jul, 18 ran.
Super Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, dropped towards rear halfway, ridden in 7th 3 out, left moderate 6th 2 out, weakened and tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Mulleady (11-1) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Tullydonnell Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Led and soon clear, ran wide bend before 3rd and headed briefly, soon clear again, ran out bend before 4 out, continued behind, 9th of 11, well behind Zuzka (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Jul.