Western Man produced his best run to date over fences at Tramore and will appreciate returning to this softer ground. Blissful Moment has been running against useful opposition without showing much while Coolking's jumping went to pieces at Galway. Kandinski, a winning point-to-pointer, has shown enough in bumpers and over hurdles to suggest he can do well over fences and Dancing Roe will attract support on his chasing debut despite being beaten when a short-priced favourite on his last three starts over timber. LADY OLWYN was in superb form over hurdles at this time a year ago and a chance is taken that she's fit enough after a break to make a winning debut over fences with her allowances a bonus.
Battling Boru (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Waited with, soon in mid-division, progress from 4 out, ridden to chase leaders 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 8l behind Pink Coat (11-10) at Listowel 2m Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (5yo+) in Sep.
Blissful Moment (USA) 20-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along 5 out, left moderate 6th 4 out, no impression before straight, 5th of 11, 29l behind Owega Star (11-12) at Listowel 2m 6f beg chs sft in Sep.
Caballo De Marcus (USA) 25-1 (10-13) Settled behind leaders, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th before 3 out, no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 15, 10l behind Minella For Value (11-12) at Bellewstown 3m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Coolking 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, moderate 8th halfway, ridden in 7th before 3 out, soon no impression and weakened, poor 4th straight, 4th of 13, well behind Golden Wonder (11-12) at Galway 2m 6f beg chase hvy in Aug.
De Glebe Star (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Niggled along early, soon mid-division, a bit awkward and reminder 5th, same again at next hurdle, moderate 8th and no impression from 2 out (usual 3 out), kept on same pace, 8th of 16, 27l behind Croghill Tuppence (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) gd in Aug.
Dr Linzi (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Mid-division, some headway after halfway and 5th 3 out, soon driven along and 4th next, no chance with winner between final 2 and dropped to 6th run-in, 6th of 16, 12l behind Breffni Gael (10-6) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 gd in May.
Kandinski (IRE) 5-4fav (11-4) Mid-division, headway into 5th before straight, ridden 3 out, no extra next, kept on one pace, 5th of 18, 14l behind Coolmill (10-11) at Killarney 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in May.
Rising Altitude (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Soon tracked leaders, lost place approaching 3 out, soon no extra, 7th of 11, 49l behind Street Runner (10-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-109 gf in Aug.
Waterloo Rock (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden 3 out, soon no impression, 6th of 10, 36l behind Scarlet Prince (11-6) at Sligo 2m 4f 4yo mdn stks gs in Aug.
Western Man (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway into moderate 5th 3 out, soon ridden to close, 4th 2 out, kept on to 3rd last, no impression leaders run-in, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Ancient Days (11-12) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs gd in Aug.
Classic Event (IRE) 33-1 (10-10) Towards rear, no impression from before 2 out, 12th of 20, 34l behind Aladdins Cave (10-13) at Galway 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
Dancing Roe (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Chased leaders, moderate 5th after 2 out (usual 3 out), closer in 4th approaching straight, no impression under pressure from last, kept on in to 2nd without troubling winner close home, 2nd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Croghill Tuppence (11-2) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f Conditional Maiden Hurdle (5yo+) gd in Aug.
Lady Olwyn (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders in 7th, progress into 4th before halfway, in touch to 3 out, weakened next, pulled up early straight, in a race won by Happy New Year (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Dec, 16 ran.