This has been won by some smart performers and CAILIN ANNAMH can join them with ground conditions very much in her favour. Jessica Harrington's mare has won five of her nine races, mostly on a quick surface, and though she struggled on softer ground at Gowran last time that was a step up on her previous victories. Little King Robin was beaten six lengths in that latter event but should get a bit closer on today's revised terms while Top Madam looks a threat. She found 3m stretching her stamina last time and is better judged on her two victories in August. Diyala gained her only success to date in a handicap on the Flat at Musselburgh last month and made a decent start over timber at Tipperary but will need much more here while the promising chaser Shadow Eile looks in need of a confidence-booster back over hurdles after a fall at Galway was followed by a poor run at Roscommon.
Shadow Eile (IRE) 9-4fav (10-8) Chased leaders, under pressure in 5th approaching straight, weakened 2 out, lame behind, last of 8, 39l behind Darwins Fox (11-1) at Roscommon 2m nov chs (1) gf in Sep.
Top Madam (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Prominent, led 7th, headed from before 2 out where dropped to 4th when not fluent, soon no extra, 7th of 16, 34l behind The Crafty Butcher (11-2) at Gowran Park 3m Handicap Hurdle (Grade C) (4yo+).
Cailin Annamh (IRE) 5-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 4th, 5th from 4 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, went close 3rd at last, stayed on well to lead inside final furlong, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f hdl sft beating Jennies Jewel (11-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Takeyourcapoff (IRE) 11-1 (10-7) Mid-division, brought down 6th, in a race won by Another Rebel (10-5) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140 gd in Aug, 17 ran.
Diyala (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, pushed along into 5th after 3 out, ridden into 4th 2 out, kept on from last to go 3rd run-in, 3rd of 20, 7l behind Arctic Fire (11-8) at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl gd.
Little King Robin (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Tracked leader in 2nd, keen hold, 3rd approaching 6 out, 4th before straight, 3rd again 2 out, no impression when not fluent last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 5, 6l behind Indevan (11-5) at Limerick 2m 5f nov hdl Grd 3 (1) gd.
Oscar's Passion (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden in 3rd over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 16, 14l behind Royal Moll (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f mrs N H flat gs in Aug.