A good quality handicap with most of the entries in good form including the veteran Banna Man, an easy winner at Roscommon but now 9lb higher. ONE FOR JOULES is still a youngster in hurdling terms but has had enough experience and he's been in excellent form over timber and on the Flat. His recent second in a Class 2 handicap hurdle at Ffos Las was his best effort yet and he can take this under Danny Mullins. Bachelor Affair was a long way behind him at Tipperary in May and also behind today's rival Binocular last month and though he has done better since he's probably high enough in the weights. The versatile Idarah is in fine form and must be considered along with Pires, who couldn't quite cope with The Real Article at Down Royal but was hardly disgraced behind that exciting prospect.
Total Excitement (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Son mid-division, closer in 8th after 4 out, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 4th of 18, 3l behind Princeton Plains (10-3) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gs in May.
Idarah (USA) 14-1 (10-7) Close up, on terms approaching 5 out and clear of remainder, reduced lead from 4 out, remained on terms straight, stayed on well run-in, headed near line, 2nd of 18, hd behind Princeton Plains (10-3) at Killarney 2m 1f hcp hdl gs in May.
Pires 9-4fav (11-12) Held up, some headway in 7th 3 out, ridden to go 2nd after 2 out, soon no impression on winner, kept on one pace, 2nd of 12, 5l behind The Real Article (11-12) at Down Royal 2m hdl gd in Jun.
Sherchanceit (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Prominent, 2nd from 4th, ridden in 3rd 3 out, soon no extra, 10th of 13, 20l behind Bachelor Affair (9-13) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl gf in Jun.
Alderwood (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, well off pace, closer in 6th before straight, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 6th of 14, 8l behind Redera (11-12) at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Jun.
Island Oscar (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Always behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Final Approach (10-9) at Leopardstown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 sft in Jan, 26 ran.
Binocular 7-1 (11-4) Always prominent, close 4th entering straight, soon ridden, disputed lead 2 out, narrowly led last, kept on well run-in, won at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-109 in Jun beating Spa Wells (11-2) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Bachelor Affair 7-1 (11-6) Prominent, led approaching 2 out, soon headed, kept on well under pressure run-in, not match winner, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Fearnwood Girl (10-13) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
One For Joules (IRE) 7-1 (9-11) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, smooth headway from 3 out, switched left after 2 out, went 2nd last, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 14, 3l behind Ixora (9-11) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Jun.
Akinspirit (IRE) 7-2fav (11-12) Held up, closer in 7th 5 out, some headway when fell 3 out, in a race won by Isabellareine (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m hcp hld 80-109 gd in Jun '10, 14 ran.
Vinnes Friend (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway into 9th before 3 out, ridden in 6th and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 16, 13l behind Nivek's Dream (11-2) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl 8Evens09 gf.
Luddsdenene (IRE) 20-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, ridden and kept on same pace straight, 5th of 13, 6l behind Bachelor Affair (9-13) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl gf in Jun.
Banna Man (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Soon mid-division, progress from before straight, led 2 out, clear last, stayed on well run-in, easily, won at Roscommon 2m hcp hdl 80-95 beating Sister Steve (11-4) by 6l, 13 ran.
Hevelius 12-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, moderate 7th halfway, ridden and no extra after 4 out, 11th of 17, well behind Career Move (10-12) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102.