Vicalus has been raised 6lb for her victory in a handicap at Ballinrobe and though this isn't much tougher she may have problems conceding 19lb, including jockey claim, to BRIAN THE WARRIOR. Dessie McDonogh's charge has still to lose his maiden tag after 15 starts over hurdles but has run a bit better in his recent races and this represents his best chance to date. Valours Minion looked to be ready for his first victory when producing three good runs in the summer but he was a big disappointment when favourite for a handicap at Gowran last week. Tip For The Top has had plenty of chances and been found wanting but she can't get any lower in the weights and there's been a glimmer of hope in her last few starts.
Substitute (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, keen hold, weakened approaching 5 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Street Runner (10-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Aug.
Vicalus (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Settled towards rear, headway 2 out and went 3rd approaching straight, challenged before last and led run-in, driven out and kept on well, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep beating Clonleney (11-1) by 1l, 16 ran.
Mrs Mac Veale (IRE) 8-1fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, 5th 4 out, ridden in 4th next, no impression straight, 5th of 20, 19l behind Pivot Bridge (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Elsie Freda (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders on outer, 4th 6 out, weakened from next, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Fresh By Nature (11-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft, 20 ran.
Its All Hush Hush (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Mid-division, 9th before 3 out, ridden and no extra 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Notimetoserve (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in May, 16 ran.
Subtitle (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 13th of 16, 50l behind Katys Girl (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug.
Gone Wrong (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before next, 8th of 20, 35l behind Pivot Bridge (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Smallman (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Waited with, well off the pace in rear of mid-division, kept on same pace in moderate 8th approaching 2 out, 8th of 11, 21l behind Milt Yarberry (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Hipwells Mill (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inner and 7th halfway, headway before 3 out and 2nd briefly approaching straight, no extra from 2 out, 12th of 18, 18l behind Strain Of Fame (11-5) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Sep.
Lapse Of Reason (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Hit a hurdle early, soon towards rear, no danger 4 out, 16th of 19, well behind Paudi The Punter (10-9) at Galway 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Sep.
Valours Minion (IRE) 8-1fav (10-11) Prominent, ridden after 4 out, soon weakened, 14th of 20, well behind Pivot Bridge (11-1) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Brian The Warrior (IRE) 17-2 (10-6) Soon rear of mid-division, slight peck 4 out, improved into 6th before 2 out where not fluent, ridden into moderate 3rd and no impression last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 15, 17l behind Imperial Joey (10-8) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.
Our La Scala Diva (IRE) 25-1 (10-4) Waited with, soon towards rear, no extra from before straight, tailed off, 10th of 17, well behind Baidin Fheilimi (10-2) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug.
Ringfort (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Keen hold in mid-division, improved to be close up from before 4 out, soon briefly on terms, not fluent 3 out, ridden before 2 out, no extra from before last, 8th of 15, 28l behind Imperial Joey (10-8) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.
Sidi Ifni (FR) 28-1 (10-11) Rear of mid-division, never a factor, no threat from 2 out and kept on one pace in straight, 10th of 16, 30l behind World Citizen (10-11) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.
Tip For The Top (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Mid-division on outer and 8th halfway, no impression in 9th approaching straight, kept on same pace to go moderate 5th run-in, 5th of 16, 15l behind World Citizen (10-11) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.
Lord Baltimore (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Mid-division early, moderate 7th halfway, ridden along 4 out, under pressure in 5th 3 out, no extra before next, 10th of 15, well behind Daytime Dreamer (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gf in Aug.
Four Wives (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Waited with towards rear, progress to chase leaders approaching 3 out, no impression and looked an awkward ride between last 2, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 10l behind Ancient Sands (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Aug.
Acclaimed Piper (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Soon mid-division, 8th approaching 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before next, 7th of 15, 22l behind Ancient Sands (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Aug.