A four-year-old won this last year so Gordon Elliott's hurdling newcomer Diyala is worth a look in the market. Landero is heavily penalised and 6lb lower in the ratings than SILVER TASSIE, who receives 9lb. Noel Meade's charge, a very easy winner at Downpatrick in July, was headed in the final strides on soft ground at Listowel last week and compensation awaits. Aranhill Chief has generally competed at a high level and the trip and fast ground are ideal while Little King Robin is still a youngster and has been improving with every run.
Landero 9-4fav (11-6) Soon tracked leaders, on terms from before 3 out, struggling a bit when mistake next, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 4th of 9, 14l behind Aughnacurraveel (11-5) at Kilbeggan 3m hdl gf.
Aranhill Chief (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd circuit to go, on terms approaching 2 out, soon led, joined before straight, headed and no extra last, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 16l behind Que Pasa (11-5) at Galway 2m 2f nh nov hdl gf.
Balynaclash Warior (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Waited with in mid-division, closed approaching straight, challenged and on terms 2 out, soon led and clear from before last, stayed on well run-in, won at Listowel 3m mdn hdl beating Clonard Lad (11-12) by 3l, 18 ran.
Croghill Tuppence (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden in moderate 4th after 2 out (usual 3 out), closed up on inner into straight, led last and stayed on well run-in, won at Kilbeggan 2m 3f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) gd in Aug beating Dancing Roe (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Fairy Court (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Soon tracked leaders, led approaching 3 out, pressed and joined when bad peck 2 out, just in front at last, stayed on well run-in, won at Tramore 2m 5f mdn hdl gd in Aug beating Romeo Is Bleeding (11-4) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Silver Tassie (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, closer order from before 3 out, 5th approaching straight, 4th 2 out, challenged and left in a dispute of lead from last, not match winner and kept on same pace close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind Lots Of Memories (10-9) at Listowel 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft.
King Shabra (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 7th into straight, soon no impression, 12th of 18, 26l behind Balynaclash Warior (11-12) at Listowel 3m mdn hdl.
Little King Robin (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, jumped a little right next, pressed and slight mistake last, headed and kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Tropical Three (10-12) at Listowel 2m Mares Hurdle (4-7yo).
Diyala (IRE) 7-4fav (9-10) Soon chased leaders at modest pace, 5th 5f out, under pressure straight, no impression and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Star Power (9-12) at Dundalk 2m hcp 50-75 pol (flat).