PIRES won this a year ago and though Tony Martin's very versatile performer is 21lb higher in the weights this isn't much tougher and he can go in again. Cause Of Causes has won five times over hurdles but never over fences though he warmed up for this with a good run at Galway. Absolutlyfantastic won on the Flat in July and fast ground should enable him to compete at this level. Ballyfinboy won easily on soft ground at Galway in August and could do with some rain unlike Boxer Beat, who had him behind when scoring easily at Killarney in July. Run With The Wind appeared to run out of steam over 2m4f last time after an impressive victory at Listowel.
Pires 8-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th before straight, 4th 2 out, ridden to challenge before last, 3rd and kept on same pace run-in, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 14, 3l behind Fiery Oscar (11-2) at Listowel 2m hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Farrells Fancy (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders at ordinary pace, 4th approaching straight, soon no impression, 10th of 12, 29l behind The Real Article (11-4) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp chs in Sep.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Prominent, 2nd approaching straight, lost place and no impression from after 2 out, kept on same pace, 5th of 7, 12l behind Captain Cee Bee (11-10) at Tipperary 2m hdl G2 (1) gd.
Cause Of Causes (USA) 9-4fav (10-10) Waited with well off the pace towards rear, a bit slow 6 out, moderate 6th before 2 out, ridden & still in that position before straight, kept on without threatening final furlong, rider report mount unable to go fast early pace & jumped novicey, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Muzak (10-0) at Galway 2m 1f hcp chs gd in Sep.
Dick Dundee 12-1 (11-9) Always prominent, led 4 out, clear approaching straight, a bit slow last, soon strongly pressed, stayed on well, won at Listowel 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 in Sep beating Beneficial Spirit (11-0) by nk, 15 ran.
Absolutlyfantastic 11-10fav (9-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, slight mistake 4th, improved to challenge and slight mistake 2 out, pushed out to lead approaching last where challenged, soon ridden and headed, no extra in 2nd closing stages, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Prince Of Fire (9-10) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp chs gf in Jul.
Ballyfinboy (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Waited with towards rear, headway to chase leaders 3 out, no impression under pressure from next, kept on into moderate 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 8, 15l behind Darwins Fox (11-1) at Roscommon 2m nov chs (1) gf in Sep.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Led and disputed, a bit slow 2nd, headed before straight, no impression from 2 out, dropped to 4th closing stages, 4th of 7, 9l behind Rebel Fitz (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f nov chs (1) gd.
Run With The Wind (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Waited with, 5th after 3 out, 4th 2 out, soon no impression under pressure, 5th of 7, 10l behind Rebel Fitz (11-8) at Tipperary 2m 4f nov chs (1) gd.
The Amarillo Kid (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders on inner and 5th halfway, ridden and headway to lead after 2 out, strongly pressed last and headed run-in, soon dropped to 3rd and no impression final 50 yards, 3rd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Top Spin (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gf.
Mahrajaan (USA) 9-1 (9-10) Soon chased leaders, moderate 5th from 3 out, soon no impression, kept on run-in, 5th of 14, 6l behind Liberty's Gift (10-11) at Tipperary 2m hcp hdl gd.
Instant Impacked (IRE) 11-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders in 4th, improved into close 2nd after 3 out, ridden from 2 out, dropped to 3rd before last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Muzak (11-4) at Sligo 2m 1f hcp chs hvy.