Sharjah has been running well on the Flat and landed a Roscommon maiden hurdle at this time a year ago but was well beaten by Lindenhurst on his next start at Gowran. That winner is penalised here but scored on the level at Bellewstown last month and has to be considered. The Plan Man hasn't had much experience though this is tougher than the races he's been contesting but Shutter Island is a progressive hurdler who should go well despite a poor run on the Flat at Galway when strongly fancied. Erlkonig easily landed a Tipperary maiden and hasn't been disgraced in better company but this can go to CAPE GLORY. Gordon Elliott's charge found 2m6f much too far in a Galway handicap but with a strong pace likely his stamina can come into play and Kevin Sexton's claim is a bonus.
Lindenhurst (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, bumped on inner after 4 out, soon ridden and weakened quickly, 10th of 13, 29l behind Abbyssial (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) in May.
The Plan Man (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, slight mistake 1st, progress to dispute 2nd into straight, kept on same pace under pressure run-in, 5th of 8, 5l behind Mckinley (11-4) at Galway 2m 4yo nov hdl gd in Jul.
Cape Glory (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, weakened, 13th of 14, well behind Prince Rudi (11-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcap hdle Grd C.
Erlkonig (GER) 9-1 (11-4) Led, not fluent 2nd, strongly pressed last, headed 1f out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 4th of 8, 4l behind Mckinley (11-4) at Galway 2m 4yo nov hdl gd in Jul.
Shutter Island (IRE) 7-4fav (11-7) Chased leaders, closer order from before 5 out, challenged travelling smoothly 3 out, on terms next, led before last, soon clear, stayed on well, easily, won at Roscommon 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jun beating Reflet Ambre (11-7) by 7l, 18 ran.
Our Manekineko 20-1 (11-2) Soon towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Roman General (10-11) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl gf in Apr.
Sharjah (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Soon prominent in chasing group, moderate 3rd 3 out, no impression from before straight, not fluent 2 out, weakened last, 6th of 11, 22l behind Lindenhurst (10-11) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo hdl in Oct.