It's very difficult to see past LORD OF ISENAY after his impressive debut behind The Folkes Choice at Limerick a month ago. He was always travelling nicely that day and it was only inexperience that caught him out in the latter stages. He should have no problems going one better. Acclaimed Piper looks best of those with experience over timber and his best run was over today's C&D in August but Salazaar, who makes his debut over hurdles, has a penalty to carry for his victory on the Flat here in 2010.
Salazaar (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Chased clear leader, moderate 3rd halfway, dropped to 7th entering straight, kept on one pace under pressure from over 1f out without threatening, 5th of 12, 7l behind Gargano (10-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Dec '10 (flat).
Acclaimed Piper (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Soon chased leaders, 7th 4 out, no impression next, 10th of 16, 43l behind Bank The Bucks (10-11) at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in May.
Comeondown (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, weakened 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Mallowney (10-11) at Ballinrobe 2m mdn hdl hvy in Jul, 13 ran.
Liar Valley (IRE) Waky Nao gelding out of Little Woman.
Lord Of Isenay (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, not always fluent jumping, progress 4 out, tracked leaders approaching straight, challenged 2 out, not fluent last, kept on well without threatening winner into 2nd near finish, 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind The Folkes Choice (11-5) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl in Jul.
Sergeant Grey 40-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 15th of 18, well behind Rock Critic (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl sft.
Wicker Park (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Prominent, 5th over 4f out, lost place and no extra from 3f out, 10th of 19, 20l behind Pistol Flash (11-8) at Galway 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Jul '07.
Donna's Benefit (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Led and soon clear at fast pace, reduced advantage halfway, ridden and headed 2 1/2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 16, well behind Cheyenne Girl (11-0) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat in Jul.
Gold Tantrum (IRE) 66-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, ridden in 7th 2 out, no extra and weakened, pulled up before last, in a race won by Mic Milano (10-11) at Ballinrobe 2m 5yo mdn hdl gd in Jul, 9 ran.
Montego Breeze 33-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 9th of 18, 46l behind Rock Critic (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl sft.
Silver Chief (IRE) 7-4fav (11-10) Mid-division, 10th approaching halfway, 8th and progress 4 out, 4th briefly approaching 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, 9th of 14, 28l behind Clara More (10-6) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 in Jul.