VASONI just can't get her head in front and was having her 18th start when runner-up to the heavily supported Daisy Mountain at Gowran on Friday. She came late on the scene over that one mile trip so hopefully today's extra furlong can see her finally lose that maiden tag. To The Sky gained his first success on heavy ground at the Curragh last month but an 8lb rise may prevent a follow-up and he was behind Irish Reel over the C&D in August. The latter ran very poorly at Roscommon last month but is much better than that and it would be no surprise to see him bounce back. Valbucca is another who has never won though her overall form puts her in the frame for this and she'll be going on at the finish when others have had enough. Alpha And Omega was running well in mid-summer and returns from a break on a fair mark so he's another with chances in an open contest.
Irish Reel (IRE) 11-2 (9-4) Led early, tracked leader, no extra from 2f out, eased when beaten, last of 10, 33l behind Maude Adams (8-13) at Roscommon 1m 2f fll hcp in Sep.
Valbucca (IRE) 10-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, progress on inner over 2f out, 3rd into straight, 2nd and kept on well inside final furlong, finished best, just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Leyland (9-3) at Galway 1m 4f App hcp hvy in Sep.
To The Sky (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway in 6th 2f out, improved to challenge 1f out, soon ridden to lead, kept on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m 2f app hcp 50-70 in Sep beating Silver Shuffle (9-5) by 2 3/4l, 11 ran.
Phoebe Van Gelder (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 9th of 11, 13l behind To The Sky (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f app hcp 50-70 in Sep.
Lady Lyrath (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division on outer, ridden and no impression straight, 7th of 14, 4 1/2l behind Al Mancilia (9-4) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Soul Train 25-1 (10-5) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 8th 3f out, no extra and weakened, last of 10, well behind Kastania (9-0) at Fairyhouse 1m 4f mdn stks gd in Jun '11.
Alpha And Omega (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Soon behind, ridden into 9th over 1f out, kept on well without threatening, 5th of 13, 4l behind Big Bad Billy Bob (9-0) at Killarney 1m hcp in Jul.
Rhiannon (IRE) 5-2fav (8-10) Held up in rear, ridden and no impression straight, 11th of 14, 8l behind Atmospheric High (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Jul.
Pacey Outswinger (IRE) 14-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, 10th of 11, 10l behind Aviso (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-68 (6) pol in Jan.
Vasoni (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Mid-division, 6th halfway, headway on outer early straight, 3rd over 1f out, kept on without troubling winner, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Daisy Mountain (9-1) at Gowran Park 1m hcp 47-65 gd.
Ennis Diamond (IRE) 80-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders early, dropped to 8th and no extra approaching straight, 8th of 14, 28l behind Bancnuanaheireann (9-10) at Listowel 1m 3yo & 4yo mdn in Sep '11.
Fastnowfast (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Always towards rear, 10th of 12, 19l behind Precious Stone (9-0) at Dundalk 1m mdn fll stks pol in Sep.
Orafinitis (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Always behind, 13th of 14, 16l behind Red Laser (8-8) at Dundalk 1m hcp 47-65 pol in Sep.
Wonderful Memories (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Always behind, no extra approaching straight, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Polly Ella (9-2) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp 47-65 pol in Aug.
Sabaidee (IRE) 100-1 (8-6) Raced off the pace last of the 5, no extra and dropped further behind from over 2f out, last of 5, 27l behind Tandem (9-9) at Killarney 1m stks sft in Sep.
Akuna Magic (IRE) 28-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 14th of 18, 17l behind Love Is The Key (9-0) at Fairyhouse 6f mdn stks hvy in Sep.
Danequest (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Held up behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and dropped towards rear 2f out, no extra, 6th of 7, 20l behind Rominintheglomin (9-9) at Listowel 7f 3yo hcp hvy in Sep.
Peinora (IRE) 11-2 (9-3) Soon chased leaders in 6th, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 1 1/2f out, 7th of 11, 13l behind All About Alfie (8-11) at Cork 1m 4f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Pride Of The Lions (NZ) 20-1 (10-8) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 11th of 18, 23l behind King Of Aran (11-3) at Curragh 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) in Sep.