After a good run over 2m at Galway, Coolfighter came here for a 1m4f claimer on Thursday and gained a comfortable victory so it will be a surprise if he's not in the mix. DAYS AHEAD also ran here on Thursday in a 2m7f chase and showed what good form he's in with an easy success. He's a useful performer on the Flat and can make his weight advantage tell and take this. Fire Belt has yet to win on the Flat but showed his turn wasn't far off with a very good second to Back Off Mate at Sligo. Glasson Lad ran poorly over hurdles at Downpatrick during the week so the veterans Beau Michael and Head Waiter may have more of a chance.
Coolfighter (GER) 5-6fav (10-0) Chased leaders early, mid-division in 5th halfway, travelled well to challenge 2f out, led 1 1/2f out, ridden to assert 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Tramore 1m 4f clm stks gd beating Paple Blessing (9-2) by 3l, 9 ran.
Beau Michael 9-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th early straight and soon no impression, no extra final furlong, 6th of 10, 12l behind Mojito Royale (10-10) at Tipperary 1m 4f ldy hcp gf.
Dat's The Plan (IRE) 5-1 (10-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, soon no extra, 6th of 10, 15l behind Hunting Tower (9-6) at Wexford 2m gd in Jul.
Days Ahead (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 4f out, 7th over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong to go 4th close home, 4th of 9, 8l behind Waydownsouth (9-9) at Tramore 1m 4f stks 0-80 gd in May.
Fire Belt (IRE) 10-1 (9-3) Soon raced in moderate 7th, closer order from before halfway, pushed along over 4f out, 8th 3f out, 7th 2f out, went moderate 2nd 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Back Off Mate (9-7) at Sligo 1m 4f app mdn sft.
Glasson Lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Dwelt, held up towards rear, 5th 5f out, ridden 3f out, stayed on into 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Whitey O' Gwaun (10-7) at Galway 1m 4f am mdn stks gd in Jul.
Head Waiter (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden in 4th 4f out, 3rd and no impression on easy winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Bog War (9-7) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f hcp 47-65.
Trazar (FR) (9-8) 3rd of 7, 3l behind Nestares (0-0) at San Sebastian(SPA) 1m 3f stks in Sep '10.