Tony Martin had a brilliant Galway Festival and High Importance has to be a strong contender as he's been going well on the Flat and over timber. ONTHEGROUND made all for a convincing victory at Kilbeggan and providing the ground stays fast he can defy a 6lb rise and complete the double. The Boat People and Foot Soldier fought out the finish of a handicap here in May with the former just prevailing. There's little between them at the weights but the winner should just prevail.
Anshan Dreams 14-1 (11-6) Attempted to make all, joined before 2 out, soon headed, no extra and kept on same pace from last, 7th of 20, 13l behind Aladdins Cave (10-13) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
High Importance (USA) 7-1 (10-10) Waited with towards rear, mistake 5th, closer in 6th before straight, no impression in 4th when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Tribes And Banner (10-10) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gf in Jul.
Ontheground (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Made all, ridden 2 out, kept on well from before last, won at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Jul beating Vinniespride (10-5) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Truckin All Night (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Prominent, not fluent 3rd, lost place and not fluent 4 out, soon no impression, 11th of 16, 25l behind Blazing Sonnet (10-13) at Limerick 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in May.
Nurse Ryan (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Prominent and led or disputed after 2nd, just headed but still travelling quite well when fell last, in a race won by Clancy Strand (10-12) at Naas 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Aug '12, 12 ran.
Raydari (FR) 6-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, no extra and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Aladdins Cave (10-13) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul, 20 ran.
Nakajima Nate (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden 3 out and moderate 5th after next, no impression and left 4th after last, 4th of 15, 29l behind Alf Wright (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Oct.
The Boat People (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Chased leaders, progress 5 out, on terms 3 out, headed and kept on same pace from before last, 6th of 15, 5l behind Captain Ocana (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase gf in Jun.
City Line (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd 4 out, ridden in 2nd before last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Line View (11-0) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Jul.
Foot Soldier (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Waited with, moderate 10th before 2 out, ridden and mistake last, kept on without threatening run-in, 4th of 20, 9l behind Aladdins Cave (10-13) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
West Light 25-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, moderate 9th and no impression approaching straight, kept on without threatening, 4th of 18, 29l behind Another Rebel (11-7) at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl in Jun.
Mudaffar (USA) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, improved to lead 2 out, soon ridden and headed, no extra before last, 4th of 16, 9l behind Jack The Hat (10-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jul.