Bandama, a maiden hurdle winner here on fast ground in August, is favoured by the conditions but has been in poor form over timber and fences. Beliar won a C&D handicap in June but has never really taken to hurdling and has been well beaten on two subsequent starts. He should do better back on the Flat but is rated almost a stone behind Gra Geal Mo Chroi, who comfortably landed a Sligo claimer last time but is best with some give in the ground. PEAKS OF FIRE gained his first success on the level at Killarney last month and showed himself in decent form with a fair run over hurdles at Ballinrobe on Monday. His stable is in good form and he should be good enough for this, though Quai Du Roi was in good form on fast ground at this time last summer and is respected.
Peaks Of Fire (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Held up, 6th under 4f out, ridden to chase leaders in 3rd over 2f out, closed over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong to lead closing stages, won at Killarney 1m 3f mdn stks gd in Jul beating Melodie D'amour (9-2) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Beliar (GER) 5-2fav (9-2) Tracked leaders, 3rd over 2f out, challenged under pressure and led inside final furlong, stayed on well to hold on at finish, won at Tramore 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gf in Jun beating Fleeting Moment (9-6) by hd, 11 ran.
Gra Geal Mo Chroi (IRE) 11-8fav (9-4) Tracked leaders, improved to lead travelling best over 2f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, won at Sligo 1m 2f clm stks sft in Jun beating King's Jester (9-8) by 1 3/4l, 8 ran.
Quai Du Roi (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Stood in stalls and very slowly away, in touch in rear after halfway, ridden and weakened straight, last of 14, 13l behind Prospectorous (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp pol in Sep.
Tide Runner 50-1 (11-0) Soon mid-division, closer order after halfway, 2nd 5f out, dropped to 5th and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 9th of 13, 28l behind Sallyanka (11-4) at Wexford 2m N H flat gf in May.
Sacre Malta (FR) 100-1 (10-2) Towards rear early, soon mid-division, moderate 6th over 3f out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 6th of 12, 26l behind Sonapour (9-5) at Wexford 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Jul.
Bandama (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Chased leaders in 5th, outpaced 3f out, no extra early straight, 7th of 14, 17l behind Bashkirov (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 4f 3yo stks pol in Nov '09.
African Flight 33-1 (8-4) Prominent, 2nd 4f out, weakened from under 3f out, 9th of 12, 24l behind King's Road (9-2) at Killarney 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 gd in Jul.