CHICAGO GREY has been in fine form recently and will take some beating. Gordon Elliott's charge beat Prince Erik in a beginners' event at The Festival before failing to justify favouritism in a much stronger race won by Glantara at Killarney. He wasn't beaten far that evening and should have no problems taking care of Nintytwo Team, who was 19l behind in fourth. Lucky At Last could prove more of a threat as he won easily over fences in June and looked the winner when slipping up on the Flat when reverting to hurdles at Kilbeggan last time. Winning point-to-pointer Covie Lad is laden with stamina as he showed over 3m1f at Kilbeggan and a couple of these may prove too quick on this fast ground.
Chicago Grey (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, slight mistake 8th, 3rd and driven along approaching 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Glantara (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f nov chs gf.
Covie Lad (USA) 8-1 (11-12) Mid-division, good headway to track leaders 9th, left 2nd 3 out, led approaching straight, stayed on well run-in, won at Kilbeggan 3m 1f beg chs gd beating Im So Lonely (11-12) by 2 1/2l, 14 ran.
Lucky At Last (IRE) Evensfav (11-7) In touch towards rear, progress from before 7th, soon tracking leaders, close up going well when slipped up on bend approaching 3 out, in a race won by Hollywood Law (11-5) at Kilbeggan 3m hdl gd, 9 ran.
Nintytwo Team (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Settled 3rd, 2nd from 5 out, effort approaching 3 out, 4th and no extra from 2 out, weakened, 4th of 6, 26l behind Glantara (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f nov chs gf.
Down The Road (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, dropped to rear 7f out, soon behind, completely tailed off, last of 7, well behind Start Me Up (12-0) at Galway 2m 4f N H flat hvy in Aug '09.
Saddler's Native (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Held up, 12th halfway, no extra from 4 out, 11th of 16, 31l behind Dream Champion (11-2) at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.