BAYAN ran a cracking race in a valuable handicap on the Flat at the Galway Festival having won here earlier over hurdles, ahead of Wot A Shot. He's at the top of his game and should be good enough to give weight to today's rivals who include stablemate Goal, who is also a course and distance winner, and Butney Rock. The latter has also travelled over from Ireland but all of his form is over longer trips.
Bayan (IRE) 4-5fav (11-3) Tracked leader until 3rd, tracked leading pair, led 2 out, clear before last, easily, won at Perth 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul beating Wot A Shot (10-10) by 9l, 7 ran.
Goal (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division, closer in 7th 3 out, soon ridden, kept on one paced from 2 out, 4th of 14, 7l behind Magnetic Force (11-2) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 gd.
Butney Rock 13-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, ridden and no impression before next, kept on one pace into moderate 4th run-in, 4th of 6, 14l behind Bally Longford (11-6) at Galway 2m 4f nh nov hdl sft.
High On A Hill (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Held up, always towards rear, 12th of 14, well behind Red Inca (10-7) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb '12.
Jack Kane 50-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, always behind, outpaced, 11th of 12, 31l behind Right Step (9-3) at Newcastle 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Aug '09 (flat).
Wot A Shot (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Waited with in rear, still last and niggled along before straight, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 8, 13l behind Line View (11-0) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Jul.
Zambezi Tiger (IRE) 22-1 (11-1) Disputed early, led 2nd, headed after 4 out, ridden and weakened next, 11th of 13, well behind Westhaven (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gf in Jul.