Una Veintena has shown nothing in three starts on the Flat but she wasn't bred for that purpose and much better is expected now she tackles hurdles. Fisher was only moderate on the level but jumped well when beating a stablemate on his hurdling debut at Galway when Habesh was around 5l behind. The latter then went to Listowel and beat TOP MAN MICHAEL by just over a length but was receiving 11lb from Noel Meade's charge, who had won previously at Roscommon. There should be little between the two winners here but the latter is just handed the vote.
Fisher 5-1 (10-12) Held up, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd after 2 out, ridden to challenge last, stayed on to lead run-in, kept on well close home, won at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Sep beating Bigearsonmyright (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Top Man Michael (IRE) 10-11fav (11-4) Chased leaders, not fluent 3 out, closer on inner in 4th into straight, challenged and on terms 2 out, no impression under pressure in 2nd from before last, stayed on run-in but not get back to winner, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Habesh (10-7) at Listowel 2m 3yo hdl sft in Sep.
Boss's Star (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 11th of 14, 10l behind Heavy Weight (9-6) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-75 pol in Sep (flat).
Crouching Harry (IRE) 11-2 (9-1) Chased leaders in 5th, headway in straight and ridden to dispute well over 1f out, headed 100 yards out and no extra, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind Benalex Park (8-13) at Killarney 1m 3yo hcp hvy in Aug (flat).
Spunky 4-1fav (9-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, disputed briefly early straight, ridden and headed under 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 6l behind Grand Heiress (8-10) at Dundalk 7f hcp 47-65 pol in Aug (flat).
Una Veintena (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 12th of 14, 38l behind Honour And Obey (9-0) at Down Royal 1m 2f fll mdn stks in Sep (flat).