The very busy Blue Ridge Lane is 12lb higher than for his latest victory but remains in good heart, as we saw at Wexford on Saturday. RIDESTAN is improving fast and looks another for Denis Hogan. Conor Hoban rode him to victory at Killarney a couple of weeks ago then his trainer took over when sent over hurdles here on Monday where he produced another excellent display to finish runner-up to McKinley. He's still on a lowly mark and should continue his progress. Pirate Cove has only had five runs and looked certain to appreciate this sort of trip when staying on over 1m2f at Leopardstown. He'll be difficult to keep out of the frame while a three-year-old won this in 2012 and Jim Bolger's Gold Focus looks on a very handy mark on her first start over the trip. Knight's Parade, a winner in the UK for Amanda Perrett, is gradually getting his form back for Gordon Elliott and Joseph O'Brien is an interesting booking.
Knight's Parade (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Held up in rear, pushed along and progress entering straight, 6th 1f out, kept on to go 4th close home, 4th of 11, 2l behind Strandfield Lady (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gf.
Modem 7-2 (8-4) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 3rd, went 2nd 3f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Aldborough (8-11) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in May.
Dancingwithangels (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 6th 3f out, soon ridden, 4th under 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, strongly pressed winner to line, just failed, 2nd of 9, shd behind What Lies Ahead (9-2) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f mdn stks.
Pirate Cove (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Settled towards rear, headway into 5th over 2f out and soon ridden on outer, 3rd 1f out and kept on well inside final furlong without troubling winner, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Panama Hat (8-7) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp 47-70 gf in Jun.
Mojito Royale (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Mid-division, ridden in 10th 3f out, no impression from 1f out and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 8th of 17, 8l behind Artful Artist (9-11) at Leopardstown 1m hcp 50-70 gd in Jun.
Sharjah (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Mid-division, ridden entering straight, 10th 2f out, no impression, 7th of 18, 6l behind Massini's Trap (9-12) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp gd.
Blue Ridge Lane (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and rear, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th 4f out, closer in 6th 2f out, 4th 1 1/2f out, kept on well final furlong, 2nd and pressed winner close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Cin Cin (9-3) at Wexford 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gd.
Daigreen (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, ridden into 9th 2f out, kept on to 6th 1f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 16, 5l behind Fulminata (9-7) at Listowel 1m hcp hvy in Sep.
Master Melody (IRE) 9-2fav (8-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th 3f out, no extra in 6th 1 1/2f out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 7l behind Cin Cin (9-3) at Wexford 1m 4f hcp 50-80 gd.
Ridestan (IRE) 15-8fav (9-4) Chased leaders, ran freely early, 3rd halfway, ridden into 2nd 2f out, challenged 1f out, kept on under pressure final furlong to lead last 100 yards, all out, won at Killarney 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 gd beating Lilly The Lioness (9-6) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Sharlanda (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Dwelt, soon mid-division, closer in 6th before straight, 7th and no impression 1f out, kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 7l behind Colla Pier (8-13) at Fairyhouse 1m 2f app hcp 47-65 in May.
Salacious Sally (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden and weakened 3f out, 13th of 14, 17l behind Shalaman (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp pol in Sep.
Grandma Dotty (IRE) 4-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, progress into 2nd 2f out, soon ridden, under pressure in 4th over 1f out, no extra final furlong, kept on same pace, 4th of 13, 2 1/2l behind Hello Humpfrey (9-7) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Nov.
Horsewithnoname (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Dwelt, pushed along early, towards rear, under pressure halfway, no danger over 4f out, eased straight, 13th of 15, well behind Lilly The Lioness (9-0) at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 47-65 in Jun.
Gold Focus (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Raced 5th early, pushed along into 3rd under 4f out, ridden in 4th entering straight, kept on without troubling principals, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Castle Of Argh (9-2) at Leopardstown 1m 2f App hcp gf.
Hootie (IRE) 16-1 (9-4) Soon close up and disputed lead, 2nd from 3f out, lost place 1f out, soon no impression, 12th of 15, 10l behind Ned's Indian (9-5) at Killarney 1m hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Asteroid Belt (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Chased leaders on inner, ridden 4f out, soon weakened, last of 12, well behind Hangar Five (8-10) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f app hcp 47-65.