Useful chaser AIR CHIEF is in great heart at present and was always controlling events when obliging at Ballinrobe earlier this week. He's penalised for that victory and, theoretically, the runner-up that day, Boxer Beat, could well reverse placings now. However, the latter's career record of 0-40 must be a concern. Blue Ridge Lane returned to winning ways at Limerick last week when comfortably outpointing Skimming Stone. The latter is better off here and both are entitled to serious consideration, whilst New Regalia and Greatest are others to take into account in an open contest.
Air Chief 9-2 (9-13) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, headway into 3rd 4f out, led over 2f out, ridden entering straight, kept on well, won at Ballinrobe 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gd beating Boxer Beat (8-10) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Greatest (FR) 7-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, weakened quickly from 6f out, soon behind, 11th of 13, well behind Invincible Don (9-0) at Tramore 1m 6f hcp 47-65 fm.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 13-2 (9-6) Dwelt and settled in rear, rapid headway on outer to go 2nd approaching straight, led 2f out and soon asserted, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Limerick 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 gd beating Skimming Stone (8-2) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Tawaagg 25-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, pushed along 4f out and trailing in straight, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Fionnuar (9-1) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf.
Carvelas (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Soon chased leaders, no extra 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 9th of 14, 11l behind Air Chief (9-10) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gs.
Gabh Mo Leithsceal (IRE) 9-2 (9-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd into straight, no extra from over 1f out, last of 14, 8l behind Atlas Peak (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Apr.
Anguissola (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Prominent, dropped to 6th and no extra 1f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 14, 7l behind Air Chief (9-10) at Roscommon 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gs.
Table Forty Six (IRE) 10-1 (8-8) Very slowly away, soon made up ground and in rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, kept on one pace, 10th of 15, 18l behind House Limit (9-2) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-65 gf.
Indian Arch (USA) 5-1 (9-2) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, 11th of 14, 11l behind Esytopolishadimond (9-7) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Mar.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 4-1fav (8-10) Mid-division, headway into 6th 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, 2nd 1f out, kept on final furlong without reaching winner, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Air Chief (9-13) at Ballinrobe 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gd.
Carpet Elegance (IRE) 11-2 (9-8) Disputed lead, led over 3f out, ridden and strongly pressed straight, headed 1 1/2f out, soon no extra, 7th of 14, 7l behind Little Bug (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov '10.
Darraghs Day (IRE) 11-1 (8-13) Mid-division on inner, ridden in 7th entering straight, soon no extra, 7th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Celestial Prospect (9-7) at Wexford 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf in May.
Alubari 12-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden 3f out, no impression 2f out, kept on one pace straight, 9th of 14, 13l behind Killourney Empress (8-13) at Sligo 1m 2f hcp 47-65 sft.
Billee (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, last of 14, well behind Salacious Sally (9-8) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f 3yo app hcp hvy in Sep.
Lilly The Lioness (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Soon led and disputed, ridden before straight, soon headed and no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 16, 11l behind Knights Templar (9-6) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 gf in May.
New Regalia (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Soon tracked leaders, ridden on outer into straight, no impression 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Henry Higgins (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp.
Mac Lir (USA) 33-1 (9-5) Towards rear, some progress on outer halfway, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 14, 8l behind Your Pal Tal (9-5) at Dundalk 6f 2yo mdn stks pol in Dec.
Skimming Stone (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Rear of mid-division on inner, 10th halfway, ridden early straight and headway between horses to go 3rd 1f out, kept on under pressure into 2nd final 100 yards without threatening winner, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Blue Ridge Lane (9-6) at Limerick 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 gd.
Rock N Rover (IRE) 11-1 (8-1) Tracked leaders, 3rd over 3f out, no impression from 2f out, kept on, 5th of 15, 6l behind Henry Higgins (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo hcp.
Effortless 10-1 (9-6) Chased leaders in 5th, lost place entering straight, soon no extra, 9th of 12, 15l behind Cannot Give (9-1) at Killarney 1m 6f stks in Aug '10.
Night Invader (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outer, 6th halfway, dropped to rear approaching straight, no extra, last of 11, 40l behind Shelford (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m 4f mdn stks sft in Jul.