Outlander beat a strong field to gain his second bumper success at Leopardstown and is the type to go on to better things. His penalties make life more difficult, however, and KILBARRY BEAUTY can defy a long absence and make her allowance count. John Kiely's mare, an easy winner at Cork in April, gave the very useful Zuzka a fright on her final start at Limerick in May and Katie Walsh will ensure she gets a positive ride. Grand Jesture also has a long absence to overcome but he beat a huge field on his debut at Punchestown last April and Alan Potts went to an incredible 200,000 euros to purchase him at Goffs. The remaining quintet are all winners with Agent James possibly the best of them after a convincing victory in the fog at Navan last month.
Outlander (IRE) 9-4fav (11-11) Chased leaders in 4th, improved to 2nd 4f out, challenged 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, ridden to assert over 1f out, kept on strongly inside final furlong, won at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft in Dec beating Posiden Sea (11-8) by 7l, 7 ran.
Agent James (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Settled behind leaders, 5th 4f out, clear leader when reppeared from fog 1f out, kept on strongly (poor visibility), won at Navan 2m N H flat hvy in Jan beating Wicklow Gold (11-12) by 5l, 7 ran.
Fredsmemory (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, progress to lead and ridden over 2f out, strongly pressed final furlong, kept on well under pressure, won at Navan 2m N H flat hvy in Dec beating Very Vite (12-0) by 1l, 10 ran.
Kick On Boss (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, headway to dispute approaching straight and led 2f out, soon asserted and stayed on well final furlong, won at Gowran Park 2m N H flat sft in Dec beating Super Mix (12-0) by 6l, 12 ran.
Grand Jesture (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, 2nd 4f out, led 3f out, soon ridden, headed entering straight, rallied and regained lead 1f out, stayed on well, won at Punchestown 2m 4yo nhf gs in Apr beating Director's Forum (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 23 ran.
Somethingwonderful (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Held up, mainly 6th, headway into 4th 4f out, ridden in 3rd entering straight, soon 4th and no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Outlander (11-11) at Leopardstown 2m N H flat sft in Dec.
Stolberg (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Waited with in rear, headway into 5th before straight, ridden to challenge in 2nd over 1f out, led well inside final furlong and stayed on well, won at Listowel 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Sep beating Giantofaman (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Kilbarry Beauty (IRE) 13-8fav (11-7) Soon rear of mid-division, niggled along to close from 4f out, ridden in pursuit of winner approaching final furlong, no impression and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Zuzka (11-7) at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in May.