WHITE STAR LINE has yet to score over fences which seems incredible given that he's raced against top novices and was beaten narrowly by Felix Yonger at Punchestown in May. Runner-up in this a year ago, he can go one better at the chief expense of Owega Star, a Grade 2 winner over hurdles in December and though a beaten favourite in all three starts over fences has been making steady progress. Clonbanan Lad makes his debut over the bigger obstacles and Henry De Bromhead's winning point-to-pointer, bumper and hurdler is very much respected. Archie Meade has yet to get his act together over fences but is better than he's shown to date and is one to note for the future.
Archie Meade (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, ridden into moderate 10th before straight, no impression before 3 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 45l behind Shanpallas (11-8) at Killarney 2m 4f beg chs gd in Aug.
Bendala Bleu 5-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, niggled along early, 4th approaching 4 out, no extra approaching next, 10th of 14, well behind Keep On Track (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 5f hts chs gf in Jun.
Blissful Moment (USA) 25-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 16, 47l behind Minella For Value (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f beg chs.
Church Gallery (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Soon towards rear, jumped a bit left 6 out, last and no impression from 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Rockshandy (11-5) at Galway 2m 6f beg chs gd.
Clonbanan Lad (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, pushed along in 3rd after 4 out and no extra from next, weakened, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Un De Sceaux (11-12) at Punchestown 2m nov hdl hvy in Apr.
Killcara Boy 10-1 (11-0) Prominent in chasing group, closer order but bad mistake and almost unseated rider 3 out, improved to be on terms before straight, headed and dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Ballylibert (11-0) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 gf.
Owega Star (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, led approaching 3 out, soon ridden and challenged, headed before 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 1l behind Shanpallas (11-8) at Killarney 2m 4f beg chs gd in Aug.
Pozyc (FR) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 7th 5 out, weakened from 3 out, 9th of 12, 39l behind Heaney (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f beg chs gd in Aug.
White Star Line (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway into 4th 5 out, ridden and no extra before 3 out, 7th of 17, 23l behind Another Rebel (10-5) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug.
Love Rory (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, 9th of 13, 40l behind Saint Gervais (11-12) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gd in Aug.
Usuel Smurfer (FR) 10-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden before 3 out, no impression in 4th 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 17, 6l behind Another Rebel (10-5) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug.
Dranagold (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 11th of 18, 16l behind Strain Of Fame (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Waited with, improved 6 out, soon tracked leaders, 4th from 4 out, 3rd and no impression last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Royal Run (10-11) at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl gf.