Fosters Cross won last year's renewal off a lower mark but will be sharper for a recent outing on the Flat and can figure again. It was soft ground when Darenjan finished runner-up over track and trip last month and he'll go close with a similar effort on this faster surface. LAGANBANK went up 13lb for his win at Tipperary in July but wasn't beaten far off today's mark on his latest start and can return to winning ways. He'll need to reverse latest running at Ballinrobe with Fantastic Gold but the latter has been beaten over hurdles since while Muzak beat Boxer Beat at the same track last month and is upped in class for this.
Laganbank (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, 3rd when slight mistake at last, no extra run-in, 4th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Pires (11-2) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f chs gd in Aug.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 22-1 (10-9) Prominent and 4th halfway, headway to lead after 3 out, ridden and headed early run-in, soon no extra and weakened, 7th of 22, 22l behind Carlingford Lough (10-7) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs sft in Jul.
Darenjan (IRE) 6-1 (11-8) Soon towards rear, under pressure 4th, never a factor, 7th of 9, 23l behind King High (10-10) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl gd in Aug.
Cause Of Causes (USA) 7-2 (11-8) Mid-division, pushed along in 7th before straight, left 4th 3 out, ridden in 3rd and no impression next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Shanpallas (11-8) at Killarney 2m 4f beg chs gd in Aug.
Fantastic Gold 20-1 (10-3) Waited with towards rear, improved into 4th after 3 out, no impression under pressure in moderate 3rd and kept on same pace from before straight, 3rd of 7, 8l behind Cailin Annamh (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f hdl gf.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, headway into 5th 3 out, soon ridden, 3rd next, went 2nd from last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 7l behind Muzak (11-3) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Aug.
Muzak (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, 2nd 3 out, ridden to lead next, stayed on well from last, won at Ballinrobe 2m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Aug beating Boxer Beat (11-12) by 7l, 11 ran.
Rayhani (USA) 16-1 (11-12) Towards rear, no impression under pressure and kept on straight, 11th of 17, 11l behind Big Generator (11-1) at Roscommon 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 gf.