An exceptionally competitive start to proceedings, especially for such a moderate prize. TASITIOCHT makes her hurdling debut and her allowance could just see her home. She was surprisingly beaten when attempting a hat-trick of bumper wins at Galway last month but the daughter of Oscar is from the family of Morley Street and Granville Again so jumping was always going to be her game. Oscars Joy made a winning bumper debut and started a short-priced favourite on her hurdling bow at Roscommon but couldn't quite cope with The Colleen Ban. She'll have learnt from that and must be on the short-list along with Defence Of Duress, who has the best hurdling form and should probably have won by now. Sky Pilot has been in fine form on the Flat and has done well enough over timber to suggest he'll be winning soon while the likes of recent bumper winner Moorhill Lad and the improving Fine Presentation are others to consider.
Beag Beannacht (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, dropped to 7th 4 out, weakened after next, 15th of 19, well behind St Maxime (11-1) at Galway 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Chu Chu Thomas (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Always prominent, closed into 2nd before straight, led over 2f out, soon ridden clear, stayed on strongly, won at Cork 2m N H flat gd in May '09 beating Blue Monster (11-11) by 4 1/2l, 24 ran.
Fine Presentation (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Soon reminders, prominent, struggling 4 out, 2nd 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace under pressure, 5th of 16, 14l behind Dark Raven (10-13) at Killarney 2m 6f mdn hdl gd in May.
Glenmullen Bridge (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Prominent, still 2nd 3f out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 5th of 10, 25l behind Great Jones (12-0) at Tramore 2m N H flat hvy in Aug.
Itsuptoyou (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd for much, not fluent 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 15, 2 1/4l behind Ploopluck Bridge (10-5) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul.
Julie Prince (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Prominent, lost place and no extra from 4 out, 11th of 17, well behind He's Our Man (11-12) at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl in May.
Kingclip (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Waited with, closer in moderate 8th from 3 out, moderate 4th before straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 18, 9l behind Playtime Ben (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Moorhill Lad (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Tracked leaders, ridden in 3rd 4f out, 2nd over 3f out, led approaching 2f out, wide and strongly pressed straight, stayed on well, won at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat sft in Aug beating The Buddy Pass (12-0) by 2l, 14 ran.
Native Son (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 10th halfway, ridden into 5th 3 out, no impression in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 17, 24l behind Too Scoops (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl in Aug.
Ring Ben (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th before straight, soon no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Ploopluck Bridge (10-5) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul, 15 ran.
Romeo Is Bleeding (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, moderate 5th from 3 out, soon no impression, moderate 3rd before straight, kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 6l behind Playtime Ben (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Sky Pilot (IRE) 5-2fav (11-12) Led, slow 6th, mistake 3 out and soon joined, led again briefly after jumping last, headed under pressure run-in, kept on same pace without matching winner, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Undone (11-6) at Downpatrick 2m 6f mdn hdl in Mar.
Stop Road Lad (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Soon chased leaders, no impression from 3 out, kept on, 4th of 18, 3l behind Playtime Ben (11-4) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Defence Of Duress (IRE) 11-8fav (11-7) Always prominent, mainly 2nd, not fluent 4 out, challenged and on terms from before 2 out, possibly soon narrow leader, joined last, kept on well run-in, headed close home, 2nd of 14, nk behind Sizing Machine (10-13) at Down Royal 2m 4yo mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Easy Mate (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Towards rear, headway into 6th 3 out, ridden next and no impression in 5th before last, 6th of 13, 8l behind Misty Weather (10-11) at Wexford 3m mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Ginger Genie (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Led and disputed, jumped slightly left, led 5 out, ridden and headed 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 23, 7l behind Ted Dolly (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl in Aug.
Oscars Joy (IRE) 11-10fav (11-7) Prominent, challenged and on terms straight, not match winner under pressure and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 14, nk behind The Colleen Ban (10-6) at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Tasitiocht (IRE) 8-11fav (11-10) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway into 2nd 3f out, led 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on final furlong, headed close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Another Charm (11-0) at Galway 2m N H flat sft in Aug.
I C Gold (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden 2 out, no impression in 4th before last, kept on one pace, 6th of 13, 14l behind Liberty's Gift (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Izabelle Amie (IRE) 11-2 (10-8) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, 6th of 7, 34l behind Annie Power (11-1) at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat sft in Aug.
George Fernbeck 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division best, not fluent jumping and niggled along at times, no impression from after 3 out, 7th of 11, 24l behind Ridayef (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd.
Kahyasi Queen (IRE) 50-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, lost place 5 out, soon no impression, 10th of 11, 30l behind Bobbina (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 5f mdn hdl gd.
Doodle And Buck (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Always behind, 15th of 16, well behind Music On D Waters (10-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl in Jul.