Thoonavolla has been in decent form over hurdles and was running over fences between the flags last year but it will be a surprise if he's good enough to beat VAXALCO (NAP) if Jim Culloty's five-year-old repeats the form of his debut fourth at Galway. The Cub ran his best race so far over fences at Limerick last month but is already a nine-year-old and more interesting is Gray Hession, who will have needed his comeback and will appreciate the longer trip. Darwins Theory was only beaten half-a-length by Mighty Whitey at Downpatrick in June but never figured in a handicap at Killarney subsequently.
Asockastar (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 10th before 6 out where not fluent, ridden and no impression from before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Croghill Tuppence (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f beg chase gd in Jul.
Boker Hill (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden 7th and soon lost place, detached 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by I C Gold (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jul, 13 ran.
Come On You (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Prominent and chased leader, 2nd halfway, weakened before 3 out, 15th of 16, well behind Diamondgeezer Luke (11-0) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Darwins Theory (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Towards rear, 14th after 7 out, ridden after 4 out and some progress, left 6th after 3 out and kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 15, 8l behind Fort George (11-7) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Jul.
Gray Hession (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Hit 1st, soon chased leaders, slight mistake 6 out, 4th approaching 2 out where 3rd, not fluent last, soon ridden along, dropped to 4th and no extra from over 1f out,, 4th of 7, 33l behind Ted Veale (11-12) at Galway 2m 1f beg chs.
The Cub (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Held up, improved into moderate 3rd and no impression approaching straight, moderate 2nd at last, kept on run-in without troubling winner, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Enjoy Responsibly (11-3) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs in Jul.
Thoonavolla (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 6th halfway, progress to go 2nd 2 out, pushed along and 3rd before last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 11, 18l behind Swantykay (11-7) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jul.
Behemoth (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Soon disputed, 2nd before 4th, slight mistake 5th, challenged entering straight, ridden in 3rd 3 out, no impression next, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 11l behind Bose Ikard (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gd.
Vaxalco (FR) 10-1 (11-7) Towards rear, progress 5th, 5th halfway, mistake 10th, awkward jump and almost unseated rider 4 out, 7th 2 out, kept on well run-in to go 4th close home, 4th of 13, 4l behind Aranhill Chief (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chase gd in Jul.