Willie Mullins saddles the top three in the weights, all winning hurdlers, and Call Me Bubbles may prove best of the trio after last month's victory at Galway. Aidan O'Brien won this last year so Agreement, who is making his handicap debut after sluicing through the Galway mud to land a maiden, looks a threat to all. Weather Watch has been in fine form for Jessica Harrington and has an easy victory over the track and trip to his credit but the verdict in a very tricky finale goes to FLAXEN FLARE. The Cheltenham Festival winner almost landed the lucrative Galway Hurdle before having a canter round Cork to land the odds and looks well treated on a mark of 85.
Digeanta (IRE) 12-1 (12-0) Waited with towards rear, headway and wide straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 9th of 20, 10l behind Edeymi (10-13) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 in Jul.
Pique Sous (FR) 4-7fav (11-7) Tracked leader and 3rd halfway, dropped to rear but still close up approaching straight, switched left and travelled best in 2nd over 1f out, ridden 150 yards out and kept on under pressure, just failed, 2nd of 5, hd behind Marchese Marconi (11-3) at Wexford 2m am stks (4yo+) gd in Aug.
Call Me Bubbles (FR) 5-1fav (11-9) Soon mid-division, progress between horses to chase leaders over 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 13th of 20, 17l behind Edeymi (10-13) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 in Jul.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 3-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, close 2nd travelling well 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on strongly final furlong, easily, won at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp 50-75 gf in Jul beating Something Graceful (9-3) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Plinth (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden along 4f out, no extra from 3f out, weakened, last of 9, 38l behind Jazz Girl (9-0) at Killarney 1m 3f hcp gd in Aug.
Weather Watch (IRE) 9-4fav (9-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden entering straight and no impression in 3rd 1f out, kept on well under pressure inside final 100 yards, not reach winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Giant's Quest (9-4) at Leopardstown 2m hcp gf in Aug.
Flaxen Flare (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 4th entering straight, soon ridden, kept on same pace in 4th from 1 1/2f out, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Digeanta (11-4) at Killarney 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) gf in Jul.
Notable Graduate (IRE) 5-1fav (11-3) Pushed along to soon track leaders, no impression from under 2f out, 14th of 20, 20l behind Edeymi (10-13) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 in Jul.
Orgilgo Bay (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, ridden and progress on outer to lead 2 1/2f out, soon went clear, stayed on well final furlong, comfortably, won at Ballinrobe 1m 6f mdn stks in Aug beating Beyond Berlin (9-12) by 3l, 12 ran.
Alhellal (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, niggled along in 2nd over 3f out, challenged 2f out, led inside final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Ted Veale (11-3) at Bellewstown 1m 4f stks gd in Aug.
Jack Daddy 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders and went 2nd before halfway, ridden 4f out and no extra approaching straight, weakened, 10th of 11, 32l behind Curley Bill (9-3) at Galway 1m 4f hcp hvy in Aug.
Agreement (IRE) 4-5fav (9-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to lead entering straight and asserted 1f out, driven out and stayed on well inside final furlong, won at Galway 1m 4f 3yo mdn hvy in Aug beating Stepping Down (9-0) by 5l, 5 ran.
Cebuano 5-2fav (9-5) Soon in rear, niggled along briefly 5f out, pushed along over 3f out, switched to wide outside over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, not quite get to winner, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Cullentry Royal (9-13) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Bensoon 6-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, ridden in 5th 3f out, 4th 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to go 2nd close home, not trouble winner, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Roe Deer (9-11) at Killarney 1m 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Gretzky 33-1 (10-9) In rear, closer in 16th over 2f out, kept on without threatening straight, 11th of 20, 13l behind Edeymi (10-13) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 in Jul.
Mourani (IRE) 9-4fav (9-6) Tracked leaders in 5th, headway approaching straight and ridden to challenge over 1f out, no impression under pressure inside final furlong and dropped to 3rd, 3rd of 8, 2l behind Giant's Quest (9-4) at Leopardstown 2m hcp gf in Aug.
Redera (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Waited with towards rear, improved over 2f out, ridden to chase leaders inside final furlong, switched right and kept on well late, 3rd of 20, 1 1/4l behind Edeymi (10-13) at Galway 2m am hcp 70-100 in Jul.
Crystal Earth (IRE) 13-8fav (8-10) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd 3f out, ridden in 2nd 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Tramore 2m hcp gd in Aug beating Baracas (8-10) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Teoirim (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Towards rear and reminders early, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, 4th 1f out, kept on final furlong to press for 2nd, 4th close home, 4th of 9, 2l behind Castle Guest (8-10) at Gowran Park 1m 1f hcp gd in Aug.