After a couple of placed efforts at Sligo, the Irish mare Our Maimie should be in the thick of the action. But OCULIST is just preferred as he made a promising hurdling debut when fourth over track and trip four lengths ahead of Western Prize. Ben De Haan's charge gets the vote but Swift Escape is another to consider as he finished well ahead of Spitfire Ace when runner-up at Bangor last month. Banks Road could prove best of the remainder ahead of hurdling debutant Berea Boru.
Banks Road (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up 4th and last, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, not fluent next, stayed on to take 3rd flat, never reached front pair, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Falcarragh (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Berea Boru (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced 6f out, headway and effort to challenge on outside 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression in 3rd final furlong, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Ma Toolan (10-9) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gf in Jul '12.
Oculist 50-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, headway on outside after 4 out, stayed on to chase leading pair last, no impression, lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 11, 6l behind Danandy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Spitfire Ace (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Led, headed approaching 3out, soon beaten, 3rd of 5, 20l behind Hopstrings (10-8) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Swift Escape 11-4 (11-1) Held up, headway 4 out, led approaching 3 out, headed between last 2, one paced, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Hopstrings (10-8) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Toughness Danon 50-1 (11-1) Led, jumped left at times, headed 3 out, weakened before next, fell at hurdle soon after, in a race won by Cloudingstar (11-1) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft in Mar, 10 ran.
Western Prize 7-1 (10-11) Led, headed 3 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression when not fluent and lost 3rd last, 5th of 11, 9l behind Danandy (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Shanksforamillion 50-1 (10-12) Slowly away, not fluent 1st, behind, struggling 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Koultas King (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Our Maimie (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Soon tracked leaders, challenged and on terms 2 out, just headed last, kept on without matching winner run-in, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Some Officer (11-5) at Sligo 2m 4f mdn hdl in Aug.
The Wicked Kipper 15-2 (10-5) Tracked leader, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 11, 35l behind Loose Preformer (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Astrogold 9-1 (7-13) Tracked winner until hung right over 5f out, tracked leaders, ridden and hung badly right 3f out, soon hung left and weakened, last of 5, 14l behind Bounty Seeker (9-4) at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun (flat).