APACHE GOLD was probably fortunate to beat the unlucky in-running Happy Anniversary at Gowran and the runner-up has since made amends. That was his first sign of form and with just a 5lb rise to contend with and Seamie Heffernan booked he can complete the double. Big Bad Billy Bob finished fourth in that Gowran event and looks held but Lady Lyrath is tried in blinkers for the first time after her narrow defeat by Happy Anniversary at Bellewstown and a line through the winner puts her close to the selection at the weights. Mountain Mama has been going well but is climbing the weights without winning.
Rio Tinto 9-2fav (9-11) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden along 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 8th of 14, 9l behind Height of Summer (9-4) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Aug.
Hold The Aces 16-1 (9-0) Soon raced towards rear in 7th, 6th over 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 9, 16l behind Quaintly (8-11) at Wexford 1m 4f 3yo stk gf in May '11.
Jeangeorges (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Soon mid-division, dropped towards rear and no extra approaching straight, last of 14, 23l behind Bubbly Bellini (8-11) at Limerick 7f hcp 47-65 gd in Jun.
Aragorn Icon (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, no extra from 1f out, 8th of 11, 14l behind Happy Anniversary (8-10) at Leopardstown 1m app hcp 50-80 sft.
Spirit Of Grace 33-1 (8-4) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 12, 14l behind Andiamo Via (8-7) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Jan.
Big Bad Billy Bob (IRE) 14-1 (9-11) Chased leaders 5th halfway, ridden entering straight, 3rd 2f out, soon no extra, 4th of 16, 3l behind Apache Gold (8-3) at Gowran Park 1m app hcp 47-65 hvy.
Perilously (USA) 20-1 (9-11) Soon mid-division, moderate 8th under 6f out, no impression in moderate 5th and kept on same pace from 3f out, 6th of 9, 16l behind Clarach (9-11) at Tramore 1m 6f hcp 47-65 gf in Jun.
Mountain Mama (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Tracked leaders, improved to be on terms into straight, soon led, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Bubbly Bellini (9-2) at Sligo 6f hcp 47-65 gs in Jun.
Al Mancilia (IRE) 22-1 (9-10) Soon struggling towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 15, 26l behind Battle Of Saratoga (9-5) at Limerick 1m mdn stks sft in Jun.
Alpha And Omega (IRE) 12-1 (9-8) Soon tracked leaders, 3rd approaching straight, 4th over 2f out, soon no impression under pressure, dropped to 5th and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 5l behind Theyturnedmedown (9-7) at Roscommon 7f hcp 47-65 sft.
Apache Gold (IRE) 12-1 (8-3) Made all, ridden clear over 2f out, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Gowran Park 1m app hcp 47-65 hvy beating Happy Anniversary (9-1) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Fit The Cove (IRE) 14-1 (8-5) Chased leaders in 5th on inner, ridden in 4th early straight, no impression from 1f out and kept on one pace, 4th of 11, 5l behind Little Arrows (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f hcp 50-75 gs.
Lady Lyrath (IRE) 8-1 (8-13) Mid-division, 7th halfway, headway in 5th 3f out, ridden into 3rd 2f out, stayed on to lead 1f out, edged left and headed close home, 2nd of 10, nk behind Happy Anniversary (9-11) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 47-65 hvy.
Crowned Supreme (IRE) 25-1 (8-4) Tracked leaders, 4th before straight, no impression and kept on same pace from under 2f out, 12th of 16, 21l behind Acushladear (8-10) at Tipperary 7f hcp 47-65 in Jul '11.
Daisy Mountain (IRE) 7-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 2nd 2f out, 3rd 1f out, no extra final furlong, 7th of 14, 4l behind Cool Athlete (9-11) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jan.