FOOT SOLDIER needs a thorough test of stamina as we saw here earlier this week when runner-up to Hidden Universe over 2m. He can race from the same mark today and, with a strong gallop likely, can go one better. Teochrios is stepping up to this trip for the first time and looks as though he'll be suited after a good run at Wexford a week ago, though the main danger may arrive in the shape of Whatever It Takes. Boots Madden's charge had been running well on the Flat and over hurdles before landing a Ballinrobe handicap hurdle last week and looks on a reasonable mark. Shake The Bucket also represents the stable and his run behind Strandfield Lady at Navan puts him in the picture. Teach Nua has already won twice at the fixture though the latest was in 2011. He's only had two runs in the past couple of years but his trainer will have him primed for this and he's on a very lenient mark.
Regal Warrior (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Mid-division, 7th 3f out, ridden and improved on inner from 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 2 1/4l behind General Bunching (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 50-70 pol in Jul.
Shake The Bucket (IRE) 9-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders and ran freely, led after 3f, headed over 3f out, ridden and no impression on winner over 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Strandfield Lady (9-8) at Navan 1m 5f hcap gf in Jul.
Authinger (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, progress into 6th 3f out, ridden in 5th 2f out, no impression on leaders in 3rd over 1f out, lost 3rd inside final furlong and kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 10l behind Lindenhurst (9-5) at Bellewstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Cybersnow (USA) 50-1 (9-8) Towards rear, slightly impeded early, no impression from before straight, 12th of 14, 21l behind Captain Teemo (8-10) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f hcp gf in Jun.
Timjoe (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Soon led and clear, reduced lead from 5f out, pressed from 2f out, headed and dropped to 3rd closing stages, 3rd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Ningaloo Reef (9-1) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcap pol in Feb.
Juara (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no impression on winner in 3rd 2f out, 5th and no extra over 1f out, 5th of 9, 9l behind Strandfield Lady (9-8) at Navan 1m 5f hcap gf in Jul.
Whatever It Takes (IRE) 4-1fav (10-0) Chased leaders, went 3rd 3f out, ridden entering straight, moderate 2nd from 2f out, kept on same pace without troubling easy winner from 1 1/2f out, 2nd of 14, 7l behind Melanippe (9-13) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol in May.
Foot Soldier (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd entering straight, 2nd 1f out, kept on final furlong, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Hidden Universe (9-13) at Galway 2m hcp 55-80 gd in Jul.
Head Waiter (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Towards rear well off pace and never a factor, no threat from 4f out, 11th of 16, 35l behind Fisher Bridge (8-13) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp gf in Sep.
Beau Michael 7-2 (10-9) Chased leaders off pace, closer in 6th halfway, soon pushed along, ridden to go 2nd 2f out, no impression on easy winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Wither Hills (11-4) at Curragh 1m 4f ldy hcp gf in Jul.
Grand Opera (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) In rear, driven along halfway, never a factor, kept on one pace final furlong, 6th of 10, 9l behind Six Silver Lane (12-3) at Laytown 7f am hcp 50-80 in Sep '12.
Teochrios (IRE) 7-2 (9-10) Soon led, ridden and challenged 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Carraroe Flyer (9-1) at Wexford 1m 4f app hcp 47-65 gd in Jul.
The Lady Granuaile (USA) 33-1 (8-11) Led, ridden and headed entering straight, 4th 1f out, weakened, 9th of 18, 7l behind Hidden Universe (9-13) at Galway 2m hcp 55-80 gd in Jul.
Zemario (IRE) 20-1 (8-8) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, soon no impression, 8th of 18, 7l behind Hidden Universe (9-13) at Galway 2m hcp 55-80 gd in Jul.
Teach Nua (IRE) 16-1 (9-8) Rear of mid-division, 9th halfway, no extra early straight, 9th of 11, 12l behind Mezogiorno (8-13) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp gf in Jul.
Skimming Stone (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) In rear, no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 12th of 18, 20l behind Massini's Trap (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp gd in Jul.
Whodoyouthink (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Prominent, ridden 3f out, soon weakened, 16th of 18, 16l behind Hidden Universe (9-13) at Galway 2m hcp 55-80 gd in Jul.
Winter Lion (IRE) 2-1fav (9-3) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden in 5th 3f out, kept on same pace in 4th 1f out, 3rd and no impression on leaders inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Hunting Tower (9-6) at Wexford 2m gd in Jul.
Toretto (IRE) 25-1 (9-9) Chased leaders, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, 6l behind Gun Shoot (9-8) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f hcp 47-65 gf in Jul.