Sampers is a standing dish around here and had both Bank On Black and Big Typhoon behind when scoring over C&D two runs ago. Gary Carroll is good value for his 3lb claim aboard the top weight and another big run is expected. Flash McGahon was a fair second at Cork last time off this mark, finishing ahead of Patrickswell and Liberty Island, but his losing run now stretches back more than four years and he lacks the scope of THE GREY REBEL. This is the latter's first tilt at the minimum trip but he showed a lot of speed when scoring over 6f at Cork last month and the drop in distance promises to suit.
Sampers (IRE) 7-2fav (8-6) Settled in mid-division, close up 7th halfway, no extra from over 1f out, 7th of 9, 6l behind Celerina (8-4) at Cork 5f hcap gd in Aug.
Atlantic Cycle (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, no extra in 4th 1f out, eased final furlong, last of 7, 13l behind Bold Thady Quill (8-2) at Bellewstown 5f 3yo hcp gf in Jul.
Royal Intruder 20-1 (9-9) Always towards rear, 12th of 15, 6l behind Speed Dream (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp 50-85 gf in Aug.
Big Typhoon (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Led, strongly pressed, ridden and headed 1 1/2f out, no extra, 5th of 6, 8l behind Sampers (9-2) at Dundalk 5f 3yo stks pol in Aug.
Bank On Black (IRE) 5-2fav (8-6) Chased leader in close 2nd, ridden to challenge 2f out, disputed briefly 1 1/2f out, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 6, 8l behind Sampers (9-2) at Dundalk 5f 3yo stks pol in Aug.
Nortburn 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, weakened early straight, 13th of 14, 10l behind Fourpenny Lane (9-12) at Dundalk 7f hcp 60-100 pol in Oct.
Dametime (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division best, ridden and no extra 3f out, 13th of 15, 12l behind Smart Striking (8-6) at Galway 7f fll hcp gf in Jul.
Liberty Island (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Prominent, 3rd halfway, driven along from 2f out, 3rd and no impression 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Celerina (8-4) at Cork 5f hcap gd in Aug.
The Grey Rebel (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Always prominent, disputed lead on stands side until definite advantage 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Cork 6f mdn stks gd in Aug beating My Girl Anna (9-0) by 2l, 15 ran.
Patrickswell (IRE) 10-1 (8-4) Prominent on outer and disputed lead early, 4th 2f out, no extra from 1f out, 5th of 9, 4l behind Celerina (8-4) at Cork 5f hcap gd in Aug.
Flash McGahon (IRE) 7-1 (8-5) Held up in rear, some headway on stands side into 5th 1 1/2f out, not clear run, edged right to go 2nd well inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Celerina (8-4) at Cork 5f hcap gd in Aug.
Grigorovitch (IRE) 10-1 (8-6) Settled towards rear on outer, no extra from 2f out, weakened, 8th of 9, 13l behind Celerina (8-4) at Cork 5f hcap gd in Aug.
Whiskey Talk (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Led and disputed, ridden and headed 2f out, 3rd 1 1/2f out, no extra, 4th of 12, 7l behind Della'alba (8-11) at Tipperary 5f mdn stks gf in Aug.
Midnight Mover (IRE) 12-1 (7-12) Tracked leaders in 5th, no impression from 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 6l behind Bewitched (8-4) at Dundalk 5f hcp pol in Oct.
Kristal Xenia (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up behind leaders, ridden 2f out, moderate 8th 1f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 8th of 13, 10l behind Dawn Eclipse (9-3) at Curragh 6f fll hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Sovereign Secure (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Led and disputed, ridden to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Della'alba (8-11) at Tipperary 5f mdn stks gf in Aug.
Sassaway (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Held up, ridden approaching straight, 8th over 1 1/2f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 14, 7l behind Kims Dream (9-1) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp 47-70 gf in Jul.