ALELCHI INOIS probably didn't have much to do to make a successful chasing debut at Tramore but the way he scooted clear of Steps To Freedom was very impressive and he should be even more at home over this much longer trip. He'll face very stiff completion here but is taken to complete the double. Cailin Annamh, a Grade 3 winner over hurdles, has taken well to the bigger obstacles and had little problem beating the useful Midnight Game at Kilbeggan. She'll continue on the upgrade and give the selection a race while Domination makes up a trio of very promising types. Charles Byrnes' charge has only had two runs over fences, scoring at Limerick in March, but he's been in superb form on the Flat lately landing the Ascot Stakes at the Royal meeting before a close third in a Listed contest at Sandown. Bally Longford made a winning debut over fences at Kilbeggan but is taking on very much better opposition here.
Alelchi Inois (FR) 11-8 (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, progress to lead before 2 out, soon clear and stayed on well, easily, won at Tramore 2m beg chase gd in May beating Steps To Freedom (11-12) by 20l, 8 ran.
Bally Longford (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Soon prominent in chasing group, slight mistake 4th, mistake 6th and reminder, a little closer from before 6 out, challenged travelling well 2 out, led before straight, stayed on well run-in, advantage reduced but in command close home, won at Kilbeggan 2m 4f beg chase gd in Jun beating Chill (11-12) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Domination 3-1 (11-3) Held up, not fluent and jumped left 3rd, a little slow next, tended to jump slightly left, tracked leaders and travelling smoothly before straight, weakened from before 2 out, soon eased, 5th of 6, 38l behind Touch The Eden (11-3) at Limerick 3m nov chs G2 (1) in Mar.
Cailin Annamh (IRE) 4-7fav (11-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along briefly from 2 out, 2nd approaching straight, soon ridden to challenge and led around bypassed last, stayed on well, won at Kilbeggan 2m 4f nov chs gd in Jun beating Midnight Game (11-6) by 4l, 5 ran.
Michael Valentine (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, behind in last from 4 out, bad mistake 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Sir Vincent (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 5f beg chs gf in Sep.
Mister Hotelier (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Held up in last, went 4th after 4 out, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, soon no impression on leaders, dropped to moderate 4th before last, 4th of 6, 20l behind Lord Ben (11-12) at Wexford 2m 1f chs.