Official ratings suggest SISTER SLEW is very well in under the race conditions and Joseph O'Brien is an eye-catching booking. Gordon Elliott's charge hasn't been in the best of form but a return to anything like her best should suffice. Curl Cat has the advantage of a victory on this track but is another who hasn't been running well unlike Gold Falcon, who performed with credit in a Dundalk handicap in July. He has quite a bit to find while Snoqualmie Chief has run two poor races over hurdles after landing a novices' handicap at Perth.
Curl Cat (USA) 20-1 (9-10) Slowly away, soon chased leaders, 5th entering straight, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 12, 17l behind Zelos Dream (8-9) at Gowran Park 1m 1f app hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Gold Falcon (IRE) 4-1 (9-8) Settled in mid-division, 8th 3f out, ridden under 2f out and kept on well inside final furlong without troubling winner, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Hazel Blue (8-5) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Jul.
Like Magic (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression over 2f out, 10th of 13, 12l behind Port Merrion (9-0) at Curragh 7f hcp sft in Aug.
One Cool Boy (IRE) 66-1 (10-2) Mid-division, ridden and dropped to rear 4f out, no impression, never a factor, 8th of 10, 23l behind Marakoush (9-5) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f mdn stks in Aug.
Postillion (IRE) 40-1 (9-1) Chased leaders, ridden in 6th 2f out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 10l behind Moonmeister (8-13) at Dundalk 1m hcp 50-70 pol in Aug.
Snoqualmie Chief 5-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led on inside 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind See And Be Seen (8-8) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jul '13.
Stoichkhov (IRE) 14-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, 5th early, 4th halfway, pushed along over 3f out, soon no impression, one pace in moderate 6th from 1f out, 8th of 15, 20l behind Mctaggart (9-12) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 47-65 sft in Aug.
Ruby Ray (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden from 3f out, no impression and kept on same pace from 1f out, 5th of 13, 10l behind La Canaada (8-7) at Sligo 7f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Sister Slew (IRE) 12-1 (8-8) Led, joined after 3f, led again 3f out and ridden entering straight, headed 150 yards out and no extra, weakened, 9th of 16, 9l behind Hasanour (8-12) at Galway 1m hcp 60-90 gd in Jul.
Valley Queen 25-1 (9-5) Held up, 12th early, 13th halfway, no impression from 3f out, moderate 9th and one pace from 1f out, 7th of 15, 19l behind Mctaggart (9-12) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 47-65 sft in Aug.
Gold Tantrum (IRE) 40-1 (8-7) Always towards rear, never a factor, no extra under 2f out, 12th of 15, 19l behind Oor Jock (9-8) at Tipperary 7f hcp gf in Jul.
Golan Heights (IRE) 10-1 (8-11) Awkward leaving stalls, soon chased leaders, 5th 1f out, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Bog War (8-13) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp 47-65 pol in Dec.