Island Villa attracted strong support at Gowran last month after a very good run at Thurles a couple of weeks earlier. He was always in the firing-line but couldn't find a finishing burst and had to settle for third. TIDY ZAG went to Cork on Sunday for a novices' handicap and, in a first time hood and tongue-tie, he romped home by 10 lengths. He has a 6lb penalty to carry but looks progressive enough to defy the extra. Noble Call has had 28 career starts without winning though only four over timber. He didn't run badly on his handicap debut at Clonmel but still looks high in the weights. Getoutwhenyoucan ran poorly at Fairyhouse last time after a better run earlier and the real fly in the ointment is Mosman Park, a dual hurdles winner and successful at Dundalk a fortnight ago though entered in the final race there last night.
Noble Call (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, slight mistake 6th, 6th approaching straight, ridden to go 3rd at last and no impression, kept on same pace run-in,, 3rd of 14, 7l behind Kylecrue (11-12) at Clonmel 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Tidy Zag (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Chased leaders early, improved to be close up 3rd, led 4 out, clear from before 2 out, slight mistake last, stayed on well run-in, comfortably, won at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft beating Provincial Pride (11-1) by 10l, 23 ran.
George Fernbeck 10-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, progress soon after halfway, ridden in 6th approaching straight and no impression before 2 out, no extra,, 7th of 17, 31l behind Dream Crusher (10-11) at Thurles 2m 6f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Real Appeal (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, dropped to moderate 6th 2 out, no extra,, 10th of 15, 39l behind Afatcat (10-11) at Clonmel 2m hcp hdl 80-102.
Couleur De La Loi (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, pushed along and no impression 5 out, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Dick Dundee (11-7) at Wexford 2m 3f beg chase sft in Apr, 15 ran.
Fossa Island (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Soon towards rear, closer in moderate 9th after 3 out, soon no impression, kept on one pace,, 7th of 16, 21l behind Lucky Bridle (11-7) at Thurles 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Nov.
Whitehead Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-6) Soon led, not fluent 3rd, joined 4 out, headed before 3 out, dropped to 9th before straight, no extra,, 9th of 15, 26l behind Sea Light (11-4) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Nov.
Needed The Run (IRE) 100-1 (10-2) Soon towards rear, dropped behind at 8th, soon no extra, completely tailed off,, 6th of 7, well behind Foildubh (11-10) at Thurles 2m 6f hdl gd in Nov.
Getoutwhenyoucan (IRE) 11-2 (10-2) Soon chased leaders, 4th before 2 out, soon no extra, 4th of 16, 20l behind Not For Changing (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Island Villa (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Chased leaders, moderate 4th approaching straight, soon no impression, moderate 3rd approaching last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 17l behind Balrath Hope (11-5) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Mosman Park (FR) 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division best, 9th 4 out, soon no impression, 12th of 18, well behind Hang On Groovy (10-11) at Listowel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Jun.
Aroy (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, 7th 4 out, soon ridden, no impression, 7th of 15, 27l behind Wilde Sapphire (10-12) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Nov.
Sweet Sylvia (IRE) 11-1 (10-11) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden after 3 out, no impression winner 2 out, kept on same pace, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Billybuster (10-11) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Oct.