Forty Thirty has changed hands since winning a couple of modest sellers at Stratford and may be worth opposing in this slightly better grade. Molaise Lad was only second in the lowest grade at Cartmel last month while Cadore has plenty to prove after a woeful effort at the same track, though did win a novice event over C&D last month. ESPORAO won his bumper here in 2010 and was successful over hurdles on fast ground at Downpatrick and Ludlow last year. He's been in action on the Flat since finishing down the field at Punchestown in May and should be good enough to take this. Fast Exit may still have some scope but is still a maiden and faces a stiff task at the weights today.
Fast Exit (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) Soon led and clear early, joined after 4th, headed approaching 3 out, soon struggling, no impression in 4th and kept on same pace from last, 4th of 11, 8l behind Ridayef (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd.
Cadore (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Held up behind, struggling 2 out (usual 3 out), never dangerous, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Royal Bonsai (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Aug.
Esporao (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 14th of 21, 19l behind He's Our Man (11-0) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl gd in May.
Forty Thirty (IRE) 6-5fav (11-1) Held up, went 3rd after 5th, went close 2nd when mistake 2 out, ridden to challenge last, led flat, stayed on, won at Stratford 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Aug beating Saute (11-10) by 2 1/2l, 4 ran.
Molaise Lad (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway after 2 out, went 2nd after last, kept on and always held by winner, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Zaplamation (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gs in Aug.
Purkab 20-1 (10-9) Held up in 4th, struggling when not fluent 6th, soon no chance with leaders, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Cosmic Wonder (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Aug.