Klepht is better known as a chaser and will probably find this too sharp but the remaining quartet can be given chances. SHIELD has improved out of all recognition and beat some smart rivals at Galway. That was over the minimum trip and he has penalties to carry but he has given the impression that this sort of trip will suit so he's taken to concede weight all round. Pink Hat will be receiving 15lb with her rider's claim included and she's an obvious threat, though she'll need to jump better than at Galway last time. Hash Brown stepped up in trip for the first time at Ballinrobe and showed that stamina is no problem with a strong performance and Cape Glory has been tackling tough opposition since completing a double in June.
Shield (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Held up in 6th, pushed along before 3 out, ridden and headway on inner entering straight, went 2nd at last, improved to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Galway 2m nh nov hdl gd in Jul beating Queen Alphabet (11-5) by 1l, 7 ran.
Hash Brown (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Rear of mid-division, hampered 1st, 7th halfway, progress into 2nd 2 out, led entering straight and soon asserted, kept on well, comfortably, won at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl beating Long House Saint (11-4) by 4l, 13 ran.
Cape Glory (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra after 3 out, weakened, 13th of 14, well behind Prince Rudi (11-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcap hdle Grd C.
Klepht (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened from next, last of 4, 29l behind Clara Mc Cloud (10-7) at Roscommon 2m 4f hdl gf.
Pink Hat (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Tracked leader in 2nd, progress to lead briefly approaching last, headed run-in, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Desertmore Stream (11-9) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl gd in Jul.