An interesting little race as Alton Bay is improving rapidly and followed victories in a bumper and a maiden hurdle by beating Thursday's winner Little King Robin easily at Tramore. Grecian Tiger is well suited by a stiff test of stamina and may not get it in this small field but Macnicholson has progressed into a smart hurdler and, if carrying that improvement to the Flat, will be thereabouts. TOTALLY DOMINANT, who has won bumpers at Punchestown and Bellewstown on his last two starts, looks suited by the race conditions and with David Mullins claiming.
Alton Bay (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) Settled behind leaders, 3rd halfway, travelled well into 2nd 2f out, challenged entering straight, ridden to lead 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong to go clear, won at Tramore 2m ladies mdn stks beating Little King Robin (10-2) by 6l, 5 ran.
Grecian Tiger (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Held up, soon rear of mid-division, pushed along before straight, 11th on outer 2f out, soon no impression, kept on, 5th of 15, 5l behind Kalann (8-10) at Curragh 2m hcp gf.
Macnicholson (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden 3f out, under pressure in 4th 2f out, closer 1f out, kept on same pace to 3rd inside final furlong, no impression on leaders, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Tigris River (9-5) at Killarney 1m 6f mdn stks gd in Jul.
Totally Dominant (USA) 8-13fav (12-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, challenged 4f out, led over 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on well from over 1f out, won at Bellewstown 2m 1f NH flat gf in Jul beating Itchymei'mscratch (12-0) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.