SHRAPNEL is improving at a rate of knots and makes a very quick reappearance after beating the well-regarded Turban at Fairyhouse on Wednesday. The longer trip won't be a problem and a follow-up looks on the cards though stablemate Bonisland, who looked in need of a real stamina test when scoring over 2m6f at Down Royal, could prove a threat. Rule The World has Busty Brown a head behind when they occupied the places behind Our Vinnie in a Grade 3 at Cork and that pair look certain to get involved while Wingtips could prove best of the remainder under Ruby Walsh.
Miley Shah (IRE) 15-8 (11-1) Disputed early, chased leader after 2nd, disputed again 5 out, led 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, no extra and kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 14l behind Monksland (11-8) at Down Royal 2m hdl G2 (1) gd.
Busty Brown (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Prominent, lost place and pushed along before straight, closed again to have every chance last, kept on well run-in, 3rd of 9, nk behind Our Vinnie (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1).
Forty Foot Tom 11-4 (11-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, went 2nd after 2 out, improved to dispute lead at last, led early run-in and stayed on well, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in May beating The Westener Boy (11-12) by 2l, 19 ran.
Rule The World 3-1 (11-0) Soon tracked leaders, improved after 4 out, travelling well and on terms straight, led after 2 out, strongly pressed and kept on well run-in, headed, 2nd of 9, hd behind Our Vinnie (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1).
Seefood (IRE) 13-8fav (11-10) Tracked leaders in 3rd, progress after 3 out, led 2 out, soon ridden clear, stayed on well from last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft beating Sizing Gold (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Shrapnel (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, appeared to race a bit idly at times, ridden to lead before straight, pressed and stayed on well from before last, won at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft beating Turban (11-12) by 3l, 9 ran.
Bonisland 13-8 (11-8) Tracked leaders, 4th halfway, headway on inner to lead before 2 out, pushed out to assert before last, kept on strongly, comfortably, won at Down Royal 2m 6f mdn hdl gd beating Romeo Is Bleeding (10-13) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Cloudgazer (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden no impression 4th 2 out, no extra, 5th of 7, 13l behind Waaheb (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m hdl sft in Oct.
Wingtips (FR) 2-9fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, close 4th on inner and short of room 2 out, not fluent and 5th at last, ridden run-in and stayed on strongly close home, unlucky, 3rd of 14, 3/4l behind Blacklough (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft.
Thynetocatcher (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, pushed along entering straight, ridden into 3rd 2 out, stayed on to 2nd last, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Top Madam (11-3) at Down Royal 2m mrs nov hdl G3 (1) gd.