The veteran Fosters Cross won this a year ago from today's rival Cry For The Moon but the latter, who has the bonus of Derek O'Connor in the saddle, is expected to take his revenge and grab a place at least. Buy Back Bob ran very well behind Ursa Major at the Curragh last time and the booking of Nina Carberry suggests connections mean business. Citizenship was raised a massive 10lb for scoring at Killarney though his rider's claim negates most of that but CAIM HILL looks the one to be on. He's been in fine form recently scoring twice on the Flat and over fences at Kilbeggan last time. He's still well handicapped on the level and can take this on his way to a crack at the Plate later in the week. Oilily has been running well on the Flat and over timber all year and doesn't look too badly treated under regular rider Sean Byrne.
Shadow Eile (IRE) 15-8 (9-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway in 3rd 3f out, led 2 1/2f out, ridden and challenged 2f out, kept on well under pressure from over 1f out, won at Ballinrobe 1m 6f mdn stks gd beating Dare To Doubt (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Settled behind leaders, moderate 5th halfway, closer and ridden 2f out, no impression in 4th 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 10l behind Placere (10-8) at Curragh 1m 4f Ladies Handicap (60-100) (3yo+) sft.
Buy Back Bob (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th 3f out, ridden in 4th 2f out, under pressure in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Ursa Major (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp sft in Jun.
Tornedo Shay (IRE) 1-2fav (11-0) Held up, closer order to track leaders from over 6f out, 3rd under 4f out, chased winner from under 3f out, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from over 2f out, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Dundrum (10-4) at Killarney 1m 6f am stks (4yo+) gd in Jul '11.
Cry For The Moon (USA) 16-1 (9-3) Held up in rear, headway on outer entering straight, 10th 2f out, ridden to go 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong but no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 19, 6l behind Minsk (8-9) at Curragh 2m hcp sft in Oct.
Fosters Cross (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Settled towards rear, 10th halfway, some headway approaching straight, 7th 2f out, soon no extra and eased when beaten final furlong, 8th of 11, 17l behind Louisville Lip (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp 60-90 hvy in Jun.
Oilily (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway into 2nd approaching straight and led 2f out, soon ridden and strongly pressed from over 1f out, kept on under pressure and all out to hold on, won at Leopardstown 1m 6f amat mdn stks gs beating Missunited (10-9) by shd, 12 ran.
Prince Chaparral (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Settled mid-division, ridden in 6th 2f out, stayed on into 3rd 1f out, no impression final furlong and kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Placere (10-8) at Curragh 1m 4f Ladies Handicap (60-100) (3yo+) sft.
Midnight Music (IRE) 7-1 (8-6) In rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 8th of 14, 8l behind Back Burner (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 1f hcp sft.
False Economy (IRE) 7-2fav (9-5) Waited with towards rear, good headway from 4f out, soon tracked leaders, 4th into straight, challenged from 2f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 13, 2l behind Sky Pilot (8-10) at Limerick 2m hcp 60-90 gd in Jun.
Caim Hill (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Soon tracked leaders, travelling well and led before straight, stayed on well under pressure from over 1f out, won at Limerick 2m stks sft in Jun beating First Impressions (10-8) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Captainofthefleet (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th 3f out, no extra in 5th 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 10l behind Ursa Major (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp sft in Jun.
Headford Flyer (IRE) 12-1 (9-9) Prominent, lost place into straight, soon no extra, last of 13, 22l behind Sky Pilot (8-10) at Limerick 2m hcp 60-90 gd in Jun.
Ted Dolly (IRE) 11-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway on outer early straight, went 3rd inside final furlong, kept on same pace but no impression on winner, 3rd of 20, 3 1/2l behind Take It To The Max (9-5) at Leopardstown 1m App hcp in Oct.
Earls Quarter (IRE) 9-1 (9-13) Waited with towards rear, closed 2f out, 4th and no impression from 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Jessie Jane (9-0) at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn stks pol.
Sky Pilot (IRE) 9-4fav (8-12) Soon tracked leader, led into straight, soon attempted to assert, headed and no extra from 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Captain Cee Bee (9-6) at Curragh 2m hcp 60-100 sft.
Clarach (IRE) 6-4fav (9-11) Waited with in mid-division, moderate 5th under 6f out, progress from 4f out, moderate 3rd 3f out, travelling well over 2f out, rapid headway to lead 1f out, soon ridden clear, easily, won at Tramore 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf in Jun beating Hangar Five (9-4) by 7l, 9 ran.
Dibella (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Mid-division, 10th halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, weakened, 12th of 13, well behind Ursa Major (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp sft in Jun.
Citizenship 11-2 (9-1) Waited with towards rear, good progress on outer to challenge 2f out, in front 1 1/2f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Killarney 2m 1f hcp beating Leblon (9-8) by 5l, 14 ran.
Donatis Comet (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 6l behind I Have A Dream (9-11) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd.
Harangue (IRE) 2-1fav (9-5) Towards rear, struggling after 4f, ridden into 6th and wide into straight, soon no impression, 6th of 9, 6l behind Rossvoss (9-5) at Galway 1m 4f 3yo mdn gd in Aug.
Norah Starr (IRE) 16-1 (8-4) Prominent, soon moderate 3rd, closed from under 4f out, challenged in 2nd from over 2f out, no extra and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 7l behind Steps To Freedom (10-3) at Dundalk 2m hcp pol.
Domination 16-1 (8-10) Towards rear for most, no impression from before straight, 11th of 13, 19l behind Sky Pilot (8-10) at Limerick 2m hcp 60-90 gd in Jun.