GRETZKY began this year with two quick victories at Dundalk and ran well from much higher marks in the spring. If he can reproduce that improvement over hurdles he can gain his first hurdling success. Luimneach Abu has been handed a 5lb rise for his victory at Wexford where the quick ground obviously suited while Sizing Solution can do better than he showed at Clonmel where a first-flight error appeared to unsettle him. Denis Hogan has been amongst the winners as usual and his recent acquisition Tirmoyle has dropped to a mark the Tipperary trainer can exploit so a market watch is advised.
Galloping Gander (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Held up, headway 8th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon beaten, went 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 7, 26l behind Anay Turge (11-0) at Perth 2m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Silver Chief (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Led early, prominent, bad mistake 5 out, soon no extra, 10th of 16, well behind The Lady Granuaile (11-7) at Limerick 2m 1f beg chs gf.
Sizing Solution (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Bumped 1st, prominent, 3rd and no impression from before 2 out where not fluent, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 28l behind Another Rebel (11-7) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Jun.
Marshim (IRE) 11-2fav (11-11) Rear of mid-division, progress 4 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, no impression, 9th of 19, 14l behind Alexander Leaving (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jun.
Another Ambition (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Soon towards rear, progress to chase leaders 3 out, moderate 3rd approaching next where left closer in 2nd, gained narrow lead travelling best approaching straight, sent on to assert for easy win inside final furlong, won at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Jul '11 beating Sea Stallion (9-9) by 4 1/2l, 20 ran.
Faranadooney (USA) 7-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 7th 3 out, soon ridden, no impression from 2 out, 6th of 12, 11l behind Norah Starr (11-11) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-102 hvy in May.
Killcara Boy 5-1 (10-12) Slight mistake 2nd, slow next, towards rear when fell 7th, in a race won by Playing (10-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 in Mar, 9 ran.
Luimneach Abu (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Soon tracked leaders, closer in 2nd 3 out travelling well, challenged and on terms approaching straight, led before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gf beating Ice Ice Baby (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Tirmoyle (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Soon chased leaders, no impression under pressure in 3rd from before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 20, 7l behind Muzak (11-4) at Galway 2m 2f am hcp hdl 88-109 sft in Aug.
Gretzky 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division early, headway into 3rd at 3rd, 2nd before 3 out, ridden and no extra before 2 out, 7th of 9, 20l behind Urhavinalaugh (11-1) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Aug.
New Buddy (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Soon mid-division, 7th approaching 3 out, soon no extra, 12th of 14, well behind Never A Secret (10-5) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Jun.
Byron Blue (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Soon mid-division, 9th approaching 6 out, no impression and kept on same pace from 4 out, 6th of 18, 46l behind Spot The Pro (11-2) at Cork 2m mdn hdl hvy in Apr.
Vardas Partner (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Alw twrds rr, pu 4out, in a race won by Top Flyer (12-0) at Necarne 3m ire ptp sft in Jun, 18 ran.
Tellherimhere (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway into 7th 3 out, ridden in 5th 2 out, no impression in 4th before last, kept on one pace, 4th of 19, 16l behind The Boat People (11-2) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in May.
Follow The Pals (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders and 8th halfway, no extra approaching straight and weakened, tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind All Or Now (11-0) at Roscommon 2m 4f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (6yo+) gf.
Lightening Style (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) In rear when fell 1st, in a race won by Rising Altitude (10-11) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gf, 15 ran.