CAIM HILL was gaining the 14th victory of his career when landing the Midlands National at Kilbeggan and Philip Fenton has booked Shane Shortall to reduce his big weight by 7lb. The eleven-year-old is one of the most versatile performers around so reverting to hurdles is no problem and another victory looks on the cards. Give Me A Break is running very well and has to be a threat in receipt of so much weight. His run behind Prince Rudi at Galway last week was his best yet and it will be a surprise if he's not there at the finish. Ellie Mia had been threatening to win a race for some time before doing so in a Roscommon maiden over this trip and she makes her handicap debut on a reasonable mark while Oscar Buzz stepped up to this trip for the first time at Galway last week and produced his best performance for a long time.
Caim Hill (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Raced in 3rd, improved into 2nd after 6th, lead and disputed from 9th, lead before 3 out and soon ridden, went a few lengths clear before last and kept on well run-in, won at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs gd in Jul beating Rivage D'Or (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Kilcarry Bridge (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Disputed early, chased leader from 2nd, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 5 out, soon lost place, ridden and weakened 4 out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Xsquared (10-4) at Bellewstown 2m 1f hcp hdl gd in Jul.
Malt Master (IRE) 25-1 (11-3) Always behind, pushed along 2nd, trailing when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Sammy Black (10-9) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs gd in May, 16 ran.
Dazzling Susie (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division, lost place 3 out and towards rear, ridden before 2 out, stayed on into 10th entering straight, kept on run-in, 5th of 17, 5l behind Cacheofgold (10-6) at Galway 2m mrs hcp hdl gd in Jul.
Ellie Mia (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Soon mid-division, improved to track leaders from after 4 out, challenged travelling smoothly straight, on terms 3 out, led after 2 out, ridden clear from before last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jun beating Easter Hunt (11-4) by 5l, 18 ran.
Oscar Buzz (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, ridden into 8th after 2 out, 6th entering straight, no impression last, kept on same pace, 5th of 20, 6l behind Greatness (9-7) at Galway 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gd in Jul.
Dawerann (IRE) 11-1 (11-3) Mid-division, ridden and dropped to rear 3 out, no impression next, kept on one pace, 7th of 9, 15l behind Quarton (10-11) at Bellewstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 gf in Jul.
Give Me A Break (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no impression approaching last, kept on under pressure run-in to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Prince Rudi (11-1) at Galway 2m 6f hcap hdle Grd C.