The victory of AUGHNACURRAVEEL over Sizing Mexico at Fairyhouse was given a boost when the runner-up scored easily at Thurles on Thursday. Garry Ducey's stable star can retain his unbeaten record over timber here despite taking a big rise in grade. Fully Funded has taken some time to mature but looked a nice prospect at Wexford last time though he meets much stronger rivals here. Seafield, a half-brother to the high-class Joncol, has immense potential as he showed when coming with a late run to score at Punchestown. He'll be better suited by today's longer trip and looks the main threat. The remainder have a bit to find though Gift Of Dgab looked a nice prospect when runner-up to Monastrell at Down Royal.
Aughnacurraveel (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, 4th 5 out, headway in 3rd 2 out, ridden to lead before last, slightly slow and pressed last, kept on well run-in, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl beating Sizing Mexico (11-4) by 4l, 9 ran.
Bacher Boy (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent jumping, dropped to last at 3rd, weakened from 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Queiros Bleu (11-4) at Killarney 2m 6f nh nov hdl gf in Aug, 6 ran.
Ballyburke (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, 4th 4 out, ridden in 5th 3 out, no extra before next, kept on same pace from before last to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 16, 16l behind Our Girl Salley (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Fully Funded (USA) 9-10fav (11-12) Tracked leaders on outer, 4th 4 out, improved to dispute lead after 3 out, led before next, soon ridden, not fluent last, clear early run-in, eased close home, won at Wexford 2m 2f 5yo mdn hdl in Oct beating Couleur De La Loi (11-1) by 6l, 16 ran.
Gift Of Dgab (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Mid-division, 10th halfway, headway 3 out, ridden into 5th 2 out, stayed on to 2nd last, kept on run-in, not reach winner, 2nd of 20, 1 1/4l behind Monastrell (11-12) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl sft.
He's Our Man (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, progress 3 out, 3rd after 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, moderate 2nd approaching last, one pace, 4th of 14, 12l behind Oscars Well (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Seafield (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 9th halfway, headway into 6th 2 out, ridden in moderate 3rd entering straight, kept on strongly from last to lead close home, won at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Oct beating Datokepe (11-7) by 1/2l, 22 ran.