The handicapper may not have caught up with GREEN FOR GOLD despite an 11lbs rise for his latest success at Cork when he gained another facile victory. Christy Roche is striking while the iron is hot and a hat-trick looks on the cards. Black Rock Lake is running well enough to go well from a low mark but Flight Control looks a more likely threat as he won nicely at Clonmel and makes his handicap bow from a decent position in the weights. The progressive Charger is another to consider while Fearnwood Girl has been in good form for most of the season.
Gentleman Jim (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Led, 6 lengths lead halfway, reduced advantage 4 out, soon driven along and headed after next, no extra in straight, weakened, 8th of 15, 19l behind Jack Cool (10-7) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 8Evens23.
Green To Gold (IRE) 6-4fav (10-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, challenged travelling best early straight, led before 2 out, quickened clear before last, stayed on well, easily, won at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf beating Lend A Hand Son (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Fearnwood Girl (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Disputed lead to 3rd, remained prominent, 5th and ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, well behind I Hear A Symphony (11-12) at Sligo 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16 in Sep.
Sainte Kadette (FR) 25-1 (11-1) Tracked leader in 2nd, driven along in 3rd 3 out, no extra from next, 7th of 11, 12l behind Green To Gold (10-6) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 8Evens16 gf.
Flight Control (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and progress to lead 2 out, kept on well from last, won at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl gf in Sep beating Captain Sully (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Charger 16-1 (11-4) Always prominent, tracked leader in 2nd, headway to lead before 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on well under pressure run-in to hold on, won at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl gf beating High Cian (11-7) by nk, 17 ran.
Enfield Chase (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Led, mistake 6 out, headed next, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Gaelic Grounds (11-1) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 gd in Sep, 16 ran.
Dark Arctic (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Towards rear, no impression from 4 out, 9th of 14, 48l behind Raheenwood (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 4f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gf in Sep.
Blue Belle Polka (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Rear of mid-division, no extra from 4 out, 14th of 18, 46l behind Jack Cool (11-3) at Listowel 2m cond hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Sep.
Francis Du Mesnil (FR) 7-2 (11-9) Towards rear, closer in 3rd 5 out, travelling well and led before straight, mistake 2 out and headed, quickly beaten in 3rd, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Information (10-8) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-109 gf.
Stonehatchetmad (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden into 9th before straight, soon no impression, 11th of 15, 17l behind Ikansea (10-5) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 8Evens09 gd.
Black Rock Lake (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 9th halfway, headway into 6th 4 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, moderate 4th approaching last, left 3rd, kept on to 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 12l behind Karkari (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn hdl gd.
A Thousand Men (FR) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 7th halfway, ridden into 5th and no impression after 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 31l behind Quiet Word (10-11) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gf in Apr.
Emerson Breeze (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders on inner, 4th from 5 out, 5th 2 out, soon no extra, 11th of 20, 20l behind Kayanna's Back (10-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Anuta Island (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Vinnie (11-7) at Sligo 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-95 in Sep.
Via Mantua 20-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 12th halfway, some progress 5 out, weakened next, 28th of 30, well behind Super Daisy (11-4) at Navan 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Sep.