Beau Michael has won 15 races in total including a handicap at the Curragh in July and though 6lb higher than when landing a Punchestown handicap earlier this year his rider's claim takes care of that. Courtncatcher took a long time to lose his maiden tag but has won twice this summer and isn't too harshly treated. Mireya makes her handicap debut after a very good victory at Listowel while the veteran Rare Bob, last seen running fifth in the Grand National, reappears on a 26lb lower mark over timber. GLENCONKEYNE was beaten in a seller in June but bounced back in no uncertain terms at Galway where he had today's rival Coomill back in third. Noel Kelly's charge was having just his fifth start over hurdles and with more to come he's handed the vote.
Beau Michael 7-2 (11-6) Chased leaders in 3rd, pushed along before 4 out, moderate 5th and no extra 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, well behind Rocky Wednesday (11-6) at Ballinrobe 2m hdl sft in Apr.
Pozyc (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, pushed along in 7th 7 out, ridden and weakened 5 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Owega Star (11-12) at Listowel 2m 6f beg chs sft in Sep.
Acriveen (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden 3 out, 5th next, went 2nd at last, led briefly inside final furlong, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Speed Dial (9-10) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl hvy in Jan.
Kilcrea (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd 6 out, 2nd 3 out, soon pushed along, ridden and no impression winner 2 out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Make Your Mark (11-10) at Tipperary 3m hdl gf in Jul.
Mister Benedictine 25-1 (11-0) Soon tracked leaders, lost place and ridden approaching 2 out, soon no extra, last of 6, 46l behind Captain Arceus (11-8) at Galway 2m 4f hdl gf in Sep.
Coolmill (IRE) 8-1 (10-6) Led and disputed, strongly pressed straight, headed and kept on same pace from last, 2nd of 18, 2l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl in Sep.
Rare Bob (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 40, 29l behind Auroras Encore (10-3) at Aintree 4m 3f Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (7yo+) (1) gs in Apr.
Kostar (FR) 22-1 (11-8) Always towards rear, hampered 5 out, soon no impression, 7th of 11, 33l behind Maccas Lad (11-1) at Kilbeggan 3m hdl sft in May.
Best Value (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, dropped to rear 4 out and soon pulled up, in a race won by Green Thirty Two (10-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 gf in Aug, 15 ran.
Courtncatcher (IRE) 11-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden to lead 2 out, kept on from last, all out close home and just held on, won at Bellewstown 3m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Aug beating Corrick Bridge (10-11) by ns, 15 ran.
Mister First (FR) 16-1 (10-0) Towards rear, ridden 3 out, kept on one paced straight, 7th of 15, 25l behind Twinlight (11-10) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs hvy in Apr.
Glenconkeyne (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 8th 3 out, ridden in 6th entering straight, close up at last, stayed on well to lead close home, won at Galway 2m 2f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (8Evens16) (4yo+) in Aug beating Green Thirty Two (10-7) by 1/2l, 17 ran.
Harold's Cross (AUS) 12-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Shot From The Hip (10-13) at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs gd in Aug, 15 ran.
Mireya (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Prominent and tracked leaders on inner mainly 5th, ridden early straight and headway between horses to challenge last, soon led and kept on under pressure run-in, won at Listowel 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Sep beating The Job Is Right (11-12) by 2l, 17 ran.
Glenquest (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Soon mid-divsion, no impression from after 3 out, 14th of 18, 25l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-3) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl in Sep.