SHAMAR had looked very smart when completing a double earlier in the summer and didn't lose much in defeat by Que Pasa at Galway but he disappointed behind Lord Ben at Tramore. That may just have been a blip as he finished just in front of today's main rival Diplomat at Galway when conceding 6lb so should again have the edge over Dermot Weld's charge. King Of The Picts was 17l behind Diplomat at Galway in July and looks held while the chaser Becauseicouldntsee, whose last three runs were in the Grand National, the Bet365 at Sandown and a Listed chase at Uttoxeter, has never won over hurdles.
Shamar (FR) 2-7fav (11-12) Chased leader in 2nd, pushed along approaching 2 out, ridden after 2 out, kept on same pace from last and no impression winner, 2nd of 4, 2 3/4l behind Lord Ben (11-5) at Tramore 2m hdl gd in Aug.
Diplomat (USA) 11-4 (11-3) Chased leaders in 4th, pushed along in 5th 2 out, ridden into 4th entering straight, kept on run-in to press leaders close home, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Que Pasa (11-2) at Galway 2m nh nov hdl gd in Jul.
King of The Picts (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Prominent at ordinary pace, improved to lead before 2 out where not fluent, headed before straight where dropped to 3rd, no extra and kept on same pace from before last, 5th of 13, 17l behind Diplomat (11-4) at Galway 2m 4yo nov hdl gd in Jul.
Massini's Trap (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Raced off the pace last of the 3, niggled briefly as early as the 4th, under pressure from 4 out, closed into 2nd 2 out, soon no impression, kept on run-in to close on easy winner near finish but never going to get there, 2nd of 3, 1l behind Flaxen Flare (11-10) at Cork 2m 4yo hdl gd in Aug.
Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 9-1 (10-2) Mid-division, not fluent 12th, headway 15th, outpaced next, soon well held, 10th of 18, 38l behind Storm Survivor (10-1) at Uttoxeter 3m 2f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun.
Sanndiyr (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Led, headed 4f out, ridden in 3rd 3f out, soon no extra and weakened 2f out, 12th of 16, 16l behind Pink Hat (11-7) at Kilbeggan 2m N H flat gf in Aug.
Prince Kazaz (IRE) Arcadio gelding out of Young Love.
Mazagee (FR) 11-2 (11-2) Soon towards rear and niggled along from early, no danger in last from before 5 out, kept on from before straight, post race normal, samples taken for analysis, 8th of 12, 37l behind Limpopo Tom (11-8) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 gd in Aug.