Harold's Cross completed an early summer hat-trick but went up 29lb as a consequence and was well beaten at Kilbeggan in July. He should do better back in novice company though GALA DANCER may have his measure at the weights. Paul Nolan's charge had Your Busy 7l behind when scoring at Ballinrobe and was nowhere near his best when falling at Listowel last time, a race in which the promising Action Master finished runner-up. Neither Cottage Oak nor Fort George can be ruled out in a race that should produce plenty of winners this winter.
Cottage Oak (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up, headway to lead 4 out, driven out from last, won at Perth 3m nov chs (4) gd in Aug beating Definite Dawn (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Harold's Cross (AUS) 9-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, moderate 5th from 5 out, no extra from 2 out, mistake last, 7th of 14, 19l behind Future All Star (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f hcp chs gd in Jul.
Fort George (IRE) 15-8 (11-5) Attempted to make all, pressed when quick jump 3 out, headed and no extra from next, 4th of 7, 10l behind Sebadee (11-7) at Tramore 2m 6f chs gf in Aug.
Gala Dancer (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Led, ran off 1st bend, soon 2nd, a bit slow 1st, jumped right 2nd, dropped to 4th and struggling when fell 3 out, in a race won by Slieveardagh (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f nov chs, 6 ran.
Your Busy (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, led 3 out, jumped left 2 out and joined, gained narrow lead well inside final furlong and stayed on best, won at Galway 2m 6f beg chs gd in Aug beating Mr Nosie (11-9) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Action Master 4-1 (11-4) In rear, slight mistake 3rd, closed from 5 out, 3rd 3 out, 2nd 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 2nd of 6, 3l behind Slieveardagh (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4f nov chs.