There's plenty of decent hurdling form on view here but those who watched ABSOLUTLYFANTASTIC make a winning bumper debut at Killarney in July won't want to miss this hugely expensive gelding on his debut over timber. Boxer Beat, placed in a handicap at Listowel, has since had a run on heavy ground at the Curragh but the biggest threat is likely to come from Landenstown Lady, who would have made a winning start over hurdles at Down Royal but for falling at the last. Formal Bid has been in very good form on the Flat this summer but Akatara has stronger hurdling form having been placed three times in decent maidens.
Absolutlyfantastic 10-3 (11-2) Always prominent off slow gallop, travelling well early straight, pushed along over 2f out, challenged and led 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo nhf gd in Jul beating Dr Tommy (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Ancient Days (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, fell 5th, in a race won by Sun Disc (10-6) at Down Royal 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Aug, 15 ran.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Chased leaders on inner, not fluent, 5th halfway, 4th 2 out, under pressure in 3rd last, kept on one pace but no chance with winner run-in, 3rd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Much Acclaimed (10-10) at Listowel 2m 4yo hcp hdl sft.
Deauville Post (FR) 25-1 (11-7) Towards rear, went moderate 8th before straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 32l behind Morning Ireland (11-2) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd.
Formal Bid (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Mid-division early, 7th halfway, ridden into 4th 2 out, no extra before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 15, 10l behind Sun Disc (10-6) at Down Royal 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Gretzky 50-1 (11-5) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 7th of 16, 20l behind Steps To Freedom (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl gd.
Pedantic 33-1 (11-7) Towards rear, some headway approaching 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace without threatening, 9th of 19, 31l behind Laganbank (11-12) at Galway 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Scots Gaelic (IRE) 13-2 (9-13) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, 3rd early straight, no extra from over 1f out, weakened, 10th of 13, 12l behind Navy List (9-11) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp pol (flat).
Still Point (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 13th of 21, 8l behind Castle Bar Sling (8-11) at Curragh 1m hcp gd in Aug (flat).
Akatara (IRE) 5-2 (10-11) Soon disputed lead, headed before straight, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 7th of 18, 14l behind Scottish Boogie (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl gs in May.
Alex The Brave (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, no extra from 4f out, swished tail closing stages, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Sword Of Honour (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f 4yo nhf gs in Aug.
Ginger Dolly (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders early, 8th halfway, headway into 5th 4f out, ridden in 6th 3f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 11, 24l behind Murphys Friend (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat gd.
Golan Princess (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 22nd of 24, well behind The Grey Express (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f mdn hdl gd.
Landenstown Lady 11-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway to lead before 2 out, soon challenged, ridden to assert approaching last and 2-length advantage when fell, in a race won by Miss Nomer (10-11) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug, 11 ran.
Lukes Desire (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Chased leaders early, weakened from halfway, last of 14, 14l behind White Daffodil (8-10) at Cork 6f app hcp 3yo gd in Oct (flat).
Miss Mexico (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Settled behind leaders in 3rd/4th, struggling from 3f out, wide and no impression straight, last of 4, 32l behind Saint Gervais (12-0) at Listowel 2m N H flat.