This doesn't look quite as competitive as the second division though there are several nice prospects in a race that generally produces a decent winner and both RIVERSTOWN and Far Away So Close fit the bill. The pair met in what looked a hot maiden at Listowel last time won by the very promising The Real Article with John Kiely's charge just coming out on top. There appears no obvious reason for a form reversal though once again there should be little in it. Apt Manor has done well in bumpers and Willie Mullins will have him tuned up for his hurdling debut while the four-year-old Rheinland, who is the first foal of a winning jumper who also scored on the Flat, showed plenty of promise in a Limerick bumper in July and is one for the future.
Sixteen Forty Two (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Towards rear, no impression from 3f out, 8th of 14, 14l behind Hawkhill (9-5) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 60-90 in Sep (flat).
Charging Indian (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Raced in 3rd to halfway, weakened before 4 out, 13th of 18, 36l behind Laughing Boy (11-7) at Listowel 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Apt Manor (IRE) 15-8fav (11-9) Settled in rear of mid-division, headway into 3rd 3f out, closer and went 2nd under 2f out, soon ridden, challenged and hard ridden final furlong, no impression close home, 2nd of 10, hd behind Tear Drops (11-6) at Wexford 2m mrs N H flat gf in Aug.
Far Away So Close (IRE) 5-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 2nd from 3 out, no impression approaching last, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 16, 3l behind The Real Article (11-12) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Glen Snurge (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 15th of 18, well behind Lambro (12-0) at Clonmel 2m 4f N H flat in Sep.
Highdownhill (NZ) Montjeu gelding out of Kirsch.
Mr Eko (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 17th of 21, well behind Siberian Tiger (11-12) at Cork 2m 5yo mdn hdl in Mar.
Riverstown (NZ) 11-4 (11-12) Soon mid-division, 7th 4 out, 5th after next, ridden into moderate 3rd approaching last, stayed on well run-in, not get to winner, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind The Real Article (11-12) at Listowel 2m mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Volkis O'blue (FR) Rochesson gelding out of Glamosa.
Barel Of Laughs (IRE) 7-4 (11-7) Rcd 3rd, gng well 3out, ld bef 2out where faster jump, chall last, no ex flat & hdd cl home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Nosecond Chance (11-7) at Kill 3m ire ptp gd in Apr.
Laffan Island (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Never a factor, 10th of 18, 38l behind Big Game Hunter (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Sep.
Nally Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, 13th of 16, 24l behind Double Seven (11-2) at Sligo 2m 2f 4yo mdn hdl in Sep.
Railway Road (IRE) Rashar gelding out of Dalesa.
Belle Of De Boreen (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Ballyhaunis (11-12) at Listowel 2m 4f 5yo mdn hdl in Sep, 18 ran.
Miss Odetta (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Towards rear, not fluent 2nd, no impression and kept on same pace from after 3 out, 10th of 18, 48l behind Tough Talkin Man (11-4) at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl in Sep.
Saddles And Style (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Always behind, trailing after halfway, completely tailed off, 14th of 18, well behind Gentle Alice (10-13) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Fantasy Belle (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, trailing halfway, completely tailed off, last of 11, well behind Ross Bay (11-1) at Sligo 2m N H flat gd in Aug.
Matilda Highway (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Led, pressed and joined approaching straight, soon headed and no extra, 7th of 16, 11l behind Dont Tell The Boys (11-2) at Listowel 2m 4yo nhf gd in Sep.
Rheinland (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Towards rear, headway into moderate 4th and no impression from over 2f out, kept on without threatening, 3rd of 18, 8l behind Fuschia Belle (10-9) at Limerick 2m 4f mrs N H flat gd in Jul.
Starrystarrysky (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, soon lost place, no extra from 4f out, 9th of 11, 45l behind Foildearg (10-11) at Roscommon 2m 4yo nhf gf in Sep.
Postal Code (IRE) 7-1 (12-0) Rr, slow 1st, 16th 1/2 way, bhd when pu 4out, in a race won by On The Fringe (12-0) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp sft in Mar, 17 ran.
Its Ironic (IRE) 5-1 (12-0) Alw pr, rdn in tch 3out, not get to wnr & ko onepce, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Bumble Beet (12-0) at Oldcastle 3m ire ptp gf in Apr.
Try Stop Me (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent, disputed lead before halfway until advantage over 4f out, soon headed and weakened quickly 3f out, 16th of 24, well behind Auspicious Outlook (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 2f N H flat gd in Apr.