Desertmore Stream could have his Galway form boosted in the previous race by Pink Hat, who finished third in that event. He's running so well at present that even his big weight shouldn't prevent another big effort. Courtncatcher hadn't been running well before returning to form at Cork while Mrs Mac Veale, who completed a hat-trick over timber last autumn, scored over fences at Tramore on Sunday and makes a quick reappearance. Blossom Gate gained a surprise victory at Galway but a 10lb rise looks harsh and Protaras was beaten a long way despite finishing runner-up at Downpatrick. OFF THE CHARTS hasn't always been consistent and was beaten a long way at Galway but his earlier victory over a huge field at Punchestown points to his chances and he may just have needed that last run, his first since May, so he looks the one to be on.
Desertmore Stream (IRE) 3-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, 7th halfway, ridden in 4th approaching last, kept on well under pressure run-in to lead close home, won at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd in Jul beating Icy Reply (10-2) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Courtncatcher (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, mistake 5th, challenged and slight mistake 3 out, ridden next, on terms last, soon led and stayed on well, reduced lead and just held on at the finish, won at Cork 3m hdl gd beating Waaheb (11-6) by nk, 7 ran.
Off The Charts 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along and lost place 2 out, no extra, 12th of 14, 29l behind Prince Rudi (11-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcap hdle Grd C.
Blossom Gate (IRE) 18-1 (11-5) Soon tracked leaders on outer, led approaching 2 out, clear last, ridden and stayed on well run-in, comfortably,, won at Galway 3m hcp hdl 8Evens23 beating Kostar (10-1) by 7l, 16 ran.
Fethard Player (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Chased leader in 2nd, led after 4 out, ridden and headed before straight, no extra in 3rd last, lost 3rd close home, 4th of 9, 8l behind Whatever It Takes (10-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl in Jul.
Protaras (USA) 3-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, improved to dispute lead briefly before 2 out, soon ridden and headed, moderate 3rd at last, kept on without threatening winner to go 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 14l behind Star Of Aragon (10-9) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hdl sft.
Questions Answered (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Mid-division, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 16, 17l behind Jetson (10-5) at Punchestown 3m hcp hdl hvy in Feb.
Casey Top (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Always in rear, ridden and no impression entering straight, weakened, 6th of 7, 38l behind Bondage (11-7) at Killarney 2m 4f hdl sft in May '13.
Golden Kite (IRE) 25-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, moderate 5th halfway, ridden and lost place after 3 out, under pressure in 10th before 2 out, kept on one pace straight, 8th of 22, 32l behind Road To Riches (10-11) at Galway 2m 6f hcap ch gd in Jul.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 7-2 (11-7) Made all, a few lengths clear from 7th, jumped left 6 out and 5 out, reduced advantage after 3 out, ridden 2 out, strongly pressed run-in, all out close home, won at Tramore 2m 7f beg chs gd beating Definite Ruby (11-7) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Your Busy (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led and disputed, 2nd from 3rd, improved to lead after 3 out, ridden and headed bypassing 2 out, under pressure in 4th entering straight, 6th 1f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 20, 10l behind Aranhill Chief (10-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs gd.