Point The Toes rarely runs over the minimum trip and may find a few of these too speedy but winning point-to-pointer Sir Lynx surprisingly had the pace to score over this trip at Ballinrobe and a 5lb rise doesn't look excessive. FOOT SOLDIER has gone up 6lb for finishing runner-up to The Boat People at Cork but is progressing nicely and should be good enough for this as Ancient Sands will probably need the run, his first since September.
Point The Toes (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Mid-division, fell 5th, in a race won by Gudnis Gracious Me (10-8) at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in Jun, 12 ran.
Clonsilla Fath (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Soon towards rear, pushed along 5 out, no impression from next, 11th of 16, 28l behind Cnoc Na Sioga (10-7) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl gf in May.
Paddy O Dee 14-1 (10-13) Prominent, slight mistake 1st, slight mistake 4 out, still 2nd approaching 3 out, no extra next, 8th of 15, 36l behind Annie Other (11-3) at Wexford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gf in Jun.
Sir Lynx (IRE) 28-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, 5th 3 out, led and disputed after 2 out, ridden before straight, edged ahead closing stages, won at Ballinrobe 2m hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Jun beating Xsquared (10-7) by 3/4l, 16 ran.
Ancient Sands (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Soon well off the pace in mid-division, closer order in 8th halfway, ridden to chase winner from 2 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 2nd of 20, 6l behind Sir Ector (11-10) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Aug.
Ionisphere 10-1 (10-6) Soon tracked leaders, travelling well straight, challenged and led approaching last where headed, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 10, 5l behind Ard Agus Fada (10-4) at Navan 2m 1f hcp chs 0-109 in Apr.
Foot Soldier (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway into 5th 3 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, strongly pressed leader last, kept on run-in, just held, 2nd of 19, 1/2l behind The Boat People (11-2) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gf in May.
Whisky Galore 20-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, kept on same pace from before last, 10th of 18, 6l behind Carpet Elegance (11-4) at Down Royal 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in May.
Glen Orchy Lad (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 10th of 18, 44l behind Best Value (11-12) at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Jun.
Oscar Wings (IRE) 50-1 (10-6) Waited with, slight mistake 3rd, moderate 7th and a little short of room before 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 10, 28l behind Toye Native (11-3) at Down Royal 2m hdl gf in Jun.