LORD OF TARA, runner-up in two point-to-points around this time last year, made his debut under Rules at Down Royal a couple of weeks ago and really caught the eye with a promising start. He'll have improved markedly for that and gets the nod ahead of Way Up In The Air, who hasn't been seen since a fine run in a big field here in May and could just need the outing. Thekingofconnemara wasn't fancied on his debut here last month but came from way behind to snatch second spot behind Elegant Statesman and has to be considered with improvement virtually guaranteed. Philip Fenton's newcomer Golden Eclipse is well worth a check in the market.
Band Leader (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 7th 2f out, no extra and kept on one pace, 9th of 23, 19l behind Bishopsfurze (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat gd in Apr '10.
Lord Of Tara 14-1 (12-0) Waited with at ordinary pace, headway and not clear run from 3f out, no impression under pressure and kept on from 2f out, 4th of 18, 9l behind Gilt Shadow (11-8) at Down Royal 2m N H flat gs.
Lord Orphan (FR) 6-4 (12-0) Tr ldrs, not qckn 3out, ko onepce, 4th of 11, 21l behind Nevskij (12-0) at Glenbane 3m ire ptp gd in Oct.
Thekingofconnemara (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Soon mid-division, 9th from 6f out, pushed along from under 4f out, no impression from over 2f out, stayed on well without troubling winner final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 18, 4l behind Elegant Statesman (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat in Oct.
Golden Eclipse (IRE) Golan gelding out of Pinkeen Lady.
In The Gate (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division at ordinary pace, 9th halfway, closer in 5th 4f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2f out, 8th of 18, 18l behind Gilt Shadow (11-8) at Down Royal 2m N H flat gs.
Way Up In The Air (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway to chase leaders straight, no impression from 2f out, kept on without threatening under pressure, 3rd of 20, 6l behind Hilltop Tommy (11-7) at Cork 2m N H flat gd in May.
Bridgequarter Girl (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) In rear, ridden and some modest progress from 3f out, went moderate 4th entering straight, no impression, 4th of 9, 16l behind Honey Bach (11-4) at Punchestown 2m mrs N H flat sft in Oct.
Crowhill (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2f out, 9th of 17, 16l behind Que Pasa (10-11) at Cork 2m mares n h flat 4yo.
Searenity (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Waited with, kept on same pace from 2f out, 7th of 17, 14l behind Que Pasa (10-11) at Cork 2m mares n h flat 4yo.