Classy hurdler Luska Lad, a regular performer and winner at the highest level, will appreciate the give in the ground and any further rain would aid his chances though he hasn't been seen since Punchestown in April. He's the obvious class-act here but BLOSSOM GATE may have his measure. John Kiely's filly has won her two bumpers in the style of a very useful performer and her guaranteed fitness may just sway things her way. Galileo's Choice made a winning start over hurdles in a Galway maiden and has done well on the Flat so he's sure to come in for plenty of support while The Last Don is a good enough performer to make his presence felt.
The Last Don (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 6th 3f out, soon no extra, 9th of 11, 13l behind De Senectute (11-1) at Bellewstown 1m 6f Amateur Handicap (60-90) (4yo+) gf in Jul.
Galileo's Choice (IRE) 6-4 (9-4) Prominent, travelling well in 2nd approaching straight, kept on under pressure without matching winner from 2f out, 2nd of 15, 1 1/4l behind Pittoni (9-4) at Tipperary 1m 6f stks sft in Apr.
Merveilles 20-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway to 5th 3f out, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon no extra and kept on one pace, 6th of 7, 7l behind Hindu Kush (9-1) at Leopardstown 1m 6f Listed stks gd in May '09.
Luska Lad (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Dwelt, soon mid-division, close up before halfway, no extra approaching straight, 6th of 15, 42l behind Pittoni (9-4) at Tipperary 1m 6f stks sft in Apr.
Blossom Gate (IRE) 6-4fav (10-10) In rear, pushed along to close from 4f out, 2nd over 2f out, led under 1f out, quickly clear, stayed on well, won at Galway 2m N H flat gd in Jul beating Bless N'ject (12-0) by 6l, 8 ran.
Destined For Fame (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, weakened 5f out, pulled up 3f out, in a race won by Action Master (9-12) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf in Jul, 14 ran.
Ms Whatshername (IRE) 100-1 (9-2) Towards rear, no danger and kept on from 6f out, 8th of 14, 32l behind Leblon (9-3) at Clonmel 2m mdn stks gd in Apr.