SOUTH SOUTH WEST has been in tremendous form on the Flat and over timber and though his latest success came on Polytrack he will have no problems with this surface having won on heavy ground at Galway in August. He's handed the vote though Ibsen should prove a formidable opponent after dead-heating at Gowran, especially as he's just 5lb higher and has Ian Brennan's claim to help. Danequest is tried in first-time blinkers but he was behind the selection over hurdles at Clonmel last month so it could be Quench The Flame who provides the stiffest test as he is just 1lb higher than when scoring on heavy going at Tramore in August.
Man of God (IRE) 25-1 (8-3) Keen hold, waited with, no impression from 3f out, no extra from before straight, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Inis Meain (8-5) at Galway 1m 4f hcp sft in Aug.
Quench The Flame 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 4th entering straight, briefly short of room under 2f out, no impression from 1f out, 7th of 18, 8l behind King Of Aran (11-3) at Curragh 1m 4f Amateur Handicap (50-85) (3yo+) in Sep.
Darwins Theory (IRE) 11-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, 3rd 4f out, ridden in close 3rd 2f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 8, 7l behind Deutschland (9-10) at Wexford 2m stks gd in Jul.
Our Breff (IRE) 3-1fav (8-13) Held up, 7th halfway, 6th early straight, stayed on without threatening final furlong, 5th of 9, 10l behind Shifting (9-4) at Listowel 1m 1f hcp 50-80 hvy in Sep.
South South West (IRE) 4-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, improved into 2nd and ridden 2f out, strongly pressed leader 1 1/2f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp 47-65 pol beating Bobskier (9-7) by 1l, 14 ran.
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.
Onslow (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Dwelt, keen hold towards rear, closed to chase leaders approaching straight, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 11, 14l behind Gothen Niece (9-2) at Cork 1m 4f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Roja Dove (IRE) 7-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden into 4th 2f out, no impression and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 10, 22l behind Hide The Evidence (8-6) at Roscommon 1m 4f app hcp 50-70 hvy.
Ibsen (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Mid-division, headway in 6th 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, soon led, kept on final furlong, strongly pressed close home and dead-heated on line, won at Gowran Park 1m 4f hcp 47-65 gs in Sep deadheating with Hazariban (8-9), 16 ran.