OUTLAW PETE ran poorly on his return to action at Gowran on Saturday but that was his first start since scoring on heavy ground at Punchestown in April and a chance is taken that last week's run will have put him straight for this. Romanesco won over hurdles at Perth last time but has no problems jumping fences and will like the testing ground. He's definitely on the short-list as is Bangonform, who was unlucky to be brought down at Galway before a decent effort over timber on very heavy ground at Listowel. Fairwood Massini reverts to fences after a spell hurdling and should do better as his best run came when runner-up over the C&D in April.
Glenstar (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, weakened from 4 out, 6th of 8, 42l behind Sea Of Thunder (11-0) at Clonmel 3m nov chs gf in Sep.
Romanesco (FR) 6-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, reminder after 2nd, steady headway before 3 out, led soon after, went right next, ridden and edged left towards stands rail flat, kept on under pressure, won at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Sep beating Nay Secret (10-3) by 3l, 14 ran.
Fever Pitch (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Mid-division, progress into 5th 3 out, 6th and ridden next, one pace, 7th of 14, 20l behind Liberty Counsel (11-8) at Kilbeggan 3m 1f hcp chs 0-123 gd in Sep.
Outlaw Pete (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, 12th of 18, 50l behind Bundle Of Fun (10-6) at Gowran Park 3m hcp chs 0-130 gd.
A New Day (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, fell 3 out (usually 4 out), in a race won by Bundle Of Fun (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chase sft in Sep, 7 ran.
Ainm Spartacus (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, weakened from 6th, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Island Peak (10-10) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Sep, 18 ran.
Bachelor Affair 16-1 (11-12) Towards rear, some progress into 10th 3 out, soon no impression, 9th of 18, 17l behind Island Peak (10-10) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 gf in Sep.
Page One Two Nine (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, no impression from 5 out, 13th of 18, 50l behind Bundle Of Fun (10-6) at Gowran Park 3m hcp chs 0-130 gd.
Baizically (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division early, soon towards rear, never a factor, ridden, 11th of 18, well behind Ballygill Gale (10-12) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Sep.
Bangonform (IRE) 9-1 (9-5) Waited with, went moderate 3rd approaching straight, ridden in pursuit of winner approaching last, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Drive Time (11-10) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Sep.
Fairwood Massini (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Prominent, no impression under pressure from 2 out, kept on same pace from last, 6th of 11, 22l behind Ridayef (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Fastey (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, towards rear halfway, pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Western Promise (10-6) at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Sep, 17 ran.
Preswell Lad (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, some headway into moderate 9th 4 out, ridden and no impression in 8th before straight, kept on one pace, 6th of 17, 31l behind Western Promise (10-6) at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Sep.