Rebel Laker didn't seem to last out over 2m2f at Downpatrick after a much better run over this trip at Clonmel. Elishpour, a winner on the Flat in France, had looked a certain future winner when a good third to Indian Icon at Killarney but disappointed at Ballinrobe last time. If Not For You has a penalty for his bumper victory and may find this on the short side as he won a point-to-point in May. ISLAND VILLA ran a fine race when runner-up to Steel King at Ballinrobe and though subsequently disappointing in a handicap it's about time he was winning a race such as this and gets the vote.
If Not For You (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Mid-division, not fluent 5 out, pushed along briefly next, moderate 5th and pushed along 3 out, no impression straight, 6th of 18, 38l behind Star Power (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Redoute Star (AUS) 20-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 7th before straight, kept on one pace under pressure, 7th of 20, 17l behind Shemshal (11-4) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gf in May.
The Black Devil (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Prominent early and improved to lead after 1st, mistake 5th, not fluent 3 out and soon ridden and headed, kept on same pace, dropped to 4th run-in, 4th of 8, 11l behind Damefirth (10-8) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Elishpour (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Mid-division, closer in 5th before 3 out, 3rd 2 out, ridden and no impression after 2 out, kept on one pace from before last, 3rd of 12, 20l behind Rae's Creek (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl in Jul.
Undecided (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Rear of mid-division, 9th 3f out, soon ridden, 8th 1 1/2f out, kept on without threatening final furlong, 5th of 12, 4l behind Hangar Five (8-10) at Ballinrobe 1m 5f app hcp 47-65 in Jul (flat).
Giveyouaguarantee (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Ld/disp, 4th 1/2way, mstk 6out, rdn in 5th 5out, rdn in poor 6th 3out, pu 2out, in a race won by Subtle Grey (12-2) at Laurencetown 3m ire ptp gs in May, 11 ran.
Island Villa (IRE) 9-4fav (11-2) Soon mid-division, slight mistake 3rd, 5th before straight, soon no impression, one pace, 6th of 16, 20l behind Supreme Vic (10-9) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jul.
Lough Easkey (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Towards rear, ridden along in 6th after 3 out, soon 7th, no impression in straight, 6th of 8, 23l behind Sang Tiger (11-12) at Sligo 2m mdn hdl gf in Jul.
Rebel Laker (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division in 5th, progress into 3rd 3 out, ridden before last, under pressure in 4th last, kept on same pace run-in, 4th of 10, 15l behind Taglietelle (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Fuego Negro (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) In rear, not fluent at 4th and 5th, driven before 2 out, no impression, 7th of 8, 38l behind Mckinley (11-7) at Sligo 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf in Jul.
In Good Nick Kayf Tara gelding out of Be My Mot.