BAYAN has penalties to carry but enters the fray in superb form having seen off Call Me Bubbles in a handicap at Listowel to complete his hat-trick. He has plenty to do here but should just about edge it over Massini's Trap, who continues to improve with every run and whose victory over King Of The Picts at Listowel was given an almighty boost when the runner-up won a Grade 3 at Tipperary. Hurricane Ridge has a bit more to do than when successful at Gowran and was a long way behind the selection earlier and Roja Dove looks more of a threat having beaten Sizing India easily at Downpatrick.
Bayan (IRE) 5-1fav (10-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, improved to dispute after 3 out, led before straight, challenged 2 out, soon ridden, kept on well from last, won at Listowel 2m Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4yo) sft in Sep beating Call Me Bubbles (11-10) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Hurricane Ridge (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Soon chased leaders, closer in 4th before straight, challenged and on terms from before last, soon led, pressed run-in, stayed on well, won at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-116 beating Hold Em Cowboy (10-5) by 3/4l, 18 ran.
Massini's Trap (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Chased leaders in 5th, closer early straight and went 4th 2 out, headway to go 2nd before last, led run-in and kept on well, won at Listowel 2m nh nov hdl sft in Sep beating King of The Picts (11-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Magical Moon 11-2 (11-7) Awkward jump 1st, tracked leaders, a little impeded 4th, 4th 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, in pursuit of easy winner and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 18, 8l behind Invincible Don (11-6) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Sep.
Oliver's Hill (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) 4th of 11, 20l behind Maigh Dara (11-3) at Downpatrick 2m 2f N H flat gd in Sep.
Tiger Trek (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Waited with, 11th before 5th, no impression and kept on same pace approaching straight, 8th of 15, 35l behind Bayan (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Mar.
Roja Dove (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Soon raced in moderate 2nd, closer order from before 3 out, led after next, clear approaching last, advantage a little reduced but stayed on well under pressure to assert run-in, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gf in Sep beating Sizing India (11-12) by 7l, 15 ran.