Captain Lob was second at Punchestown in May and also made the frame on his reappearance over C&D last month. He makes more appeal than Punchestown third Molly's Affair and Send For Mary, disappointing at Galway after a fair debut fourth at Navan. OWEN MC has a nice pedigree and will be expected to enjoy plenty of success over hurdles in the future. Nina Carberry can steer him to a debut success in this, though fellow newcomer Quickpick Vic is also worth a second look and preferred to the moderate Totally Couture.
Captain Lob (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Waited with, 10th halfway, 7th before straight, ridden to chase leaders from 2f out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Ally Cascade (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat in Oct.
Lastofthedolly's (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Soon mid-division, closer order and niggled along over 4f out, no extra under 3f out, 14th of 18, well behind Elegant Statesman (12-0) at Cork 2m N H flat in Oct.
Quickpick Vic (IRE) Old Vic gelding out of Anotherfling.
Owen Mc (IRE) Oscar gelding out of They Call Me Molly.
Totally Couture (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders at slow pace, kept on under pressure final furlong without getting there, 3rd of 5, 2 1/4l behind Somethingwonderful (10-10) at Galway 2m 4yo nhf sft in Oct.
Send For Mary (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Mid-division, pushed along in 7th 3f out, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 30l behind King Of Firth (12-0) at Galway 2m N H flat in Oct.
Molly's Affair (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inner, 5th halfway, short of room and dropped to rear approaching straight, ridden in moderate 5th 2f out, went 3rd 1f out and kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Heck Thomas (11-10) at Punchestown 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-7yo) hvy in Oct.