Face Value won this last year and is the only course and distance winner in the line-up though he entered that race in very much better form than he does today. Nina Carberry steered Placere to a comfortable victory in an amateurs' event at the Curragh but a 10lb rise may put paid to her chance of a follow-up. Grecian Tiger made a belated debut under Flat rules and the winning bumper doesn't look badly treated on a mark of 80 here. Gordon Elliott puts a 10lb claimer on board winning hurdler Rocky Wednesday, who will think he's been let loose with this weight, but the vote goes to QUICK JACK. He has improved since failing to concede 8lb to the veteran Tin Town Boy at Galway. Rawnaq was in great form during the summer is another with chances in a wide-open finale.
Placere (IRE) 8-1 (11-13) Rear of mid-division towards outer, headway straight, ridden to lead over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Curragh 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) gd in Sep beating Back Off Mate (10-13) by 3 1/2l, 17 ran.
Victory Song (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace, 18th of 30, 16l behind Montefeltro (9-4) at Curragh 2m hcp gd.
Zip Wire (IRE) 11-4fav (9-11) Mid-division on outer, ridden in 8th 2f out, went 4th 1f out, kept on well to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Stony Grey (9-7) at Navan 1m 2f hcp 55-80.
Grecian Tiger (IRE) 4-5fav (9-7) Made virtually all, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, joined under 2f out, kept on final furlong, edged ahead close home under pressure, won at Gowran Park 1m 6f mdn stks gf in Sep beating Egyptian Warrior (9-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Double Double (FR) 11-4 (8-10) Raced in 4th, 3rd from over 4f out, pushed along entering straight and soon no impression, no extra final furlong, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Fleur De Nuit (9-7) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp 60-90 sft in Jun.
Rawnaq (IRE) 7-4fav (9-1) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, kept wide straight, ridden to dispute 1 1/2f out, 2nd 1f out, kept on well final furlong to lead close home, won at Navan 1m 5f app hcp 50-85 in Jun beating Leah Claire (9-10) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Whatuthink (IRE) 9-1 (8-5) Led and soon clear, ridden and reduced advantage over 3f out, strongly pressed 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on again closing stages to press winner close home, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Justification (9-2) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp sft in Apr.
Quick Jack (IRE) 6-4fav (8-4) Raced in 7th on outer, headway to go 2nd entering straight but soon no impression on winner, kept on same pace under pressure final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Rich Coast (9-13) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp hvy in Sep.
Face Value 16-1 (8-3) Behind and pushed along, soon chased leaders, led after 4f, ridden and headed over 3f out, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 22l behind Mister Pagan (8-10) at Ayr 2m 1f hcp (3) sft in Sep.
Rocky Wednesday (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden entering straight, no impression in 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 15, 4l behind Genesi (9-3) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp 50-80 in Sep '10.
Todd 10-1 (9-4) Prominent, soon led, headed inside first 4 furlongs, prominent, dropped to 7th and no extra into straight, last of 14, 28l behind Stony Grey (8-10) at Listowel 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Concrete And Clay 4-1 (9-11) Always towards rear, no impression from 4f out, behind when eased over 1f out, 10th of 11, well behind Mutiska (9-0) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f Handicap (47-70) (4yo+) sft in May.
Frozen North (IRE) 15-8fav (9-11) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on into 2nd 1f out, not reach winner, 2nd of 4, 2l behind Windsor Queen (9-3) at Roscommon 1m 2f 3yo hcp in May.
A Twist Of Fate (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight without threatening, 9th of 22, 7l behind Ancient Sands (10-3) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd.
Tin Town Boy (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Waited with off ordinary pace, 13th early, improved 3f out, ridden to challenge and lead over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Galway 1m 4f hcp 50-80 sft in Aug beating Quick Jack (8-12) by 3l, 17 ran.
Feisty Champion (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Chased leaders and 8th halfway, 12th entering straight and soon ridden, kept on inside final furlong without threatening leaders, 7th of 22, 4l behind Ancient Sands (10-3) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp gd.
Feels So Close (IRE) 50-1 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden 4f out, soon no impression, never a factor, 11th of 17, 43l behind Sardinia (9-5) at Navan 2m mdn stks.