Pyromaniac, one of only two course and distance winners, deservedly sits near the head of the betting after another excellent run behind stable companion Quick Jack in a premier handicap at Leopardstown last month. He'll be thereabouts with his rider’s claim to help while Papa's Way, the other to have won over the track and trip, found heavy going against him at Listowel and is better than that. Cradle Mountain has been in good form over hurdles though was beaten a long way into second by Swamp Fox at Listowel last month and it's the latter who should confirm the form. He was completing a hat-trick that day having won twice on the Flat previously and Wayne Lordan should ensure he gets every opportunity. Willie Mullins won this with Digeanta a year ago and his LAWS OF SPIN (NAP) is lurking at the foot of the weights. A rapidly-improving three-year-old, he was conceding 18lb when beating subsequent winner Kandahari over 1m1f at Listowel then stepped up to 1m7f and won going away at Leopardstown. Navan maiden winner Magnolia Rose is amongst numerous others with chances as Pat Smullen picks her over the vastly more experienced Hidden Universe.
Jennies Jewel (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Led, headed halfway, regained lead 5f out, soon ridden, headed 3f out, weakened, 8th of 10, 24 1/4l behind Twilight Payment (8-11) at Curragh 2m lst stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Benkei (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Chased leaders in 3rd, improved to lead 3f out, soon ridden and joined, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 14 3/4l behind Twilight Payment (8-11) at Curragh 2m lst stks (1) hvy in Sep.
Pyromaniac (IRE) 7-2fav (8-8) Mid-division, travelled well to go 6th 2f out, pushed along to lead 1f out, ridden and kept on inside final furlong, no extra and headed close home, 2nd of 16, nk behind Quick Jack (9-12) at Leopardstown 1m 6f hcp gd in Sep.
Eshtiaal (USA) 16-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway under pressure over 2f out, soon ridden, one pace when short of room over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 6th of 15, 3 1/4l behind Oceane (8-11) at York 2m hcp stks (2) gf in Aug.
Cradle Mountain (IRE) 7-1 (10-9) Reluctant to start and reminders, rear of mid-division, 12th halfway, reminders after 5th, ridden and some progress 2 out, went 4th last, under pressure and stayed on well to lead closing stages, won at Tipperary 2m hcp sft in Oct beating Ballyadam Brook (10-9) by 1l, 15 ran.
Slunovrat (FR) 10-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, smooth progress over 3f out, led over 2f out, stayed on strongly, won at York 2m hcp stks (4) gs in Sep beating Medina Sidonia (9-1) by 4l, 13 ran.
Alton Bay (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) In rear, headway 4f out, ridden and kept on one pace from over 1f out, 4th of 17, 7 1/2l behind Penglai Pavilion (9-1) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp stks (2) gd in Sep.
Theos Well 8-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, 11th 3f out, headway on outer travelling well into 5th 2f out, soon ridden, led 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep beating Pivot Bridge (10-9) by 3 1/4l, 20 ran.
Swamp Fox (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Led and disputed, clear lead before 4th, 5-lengths clear halfway, reduced advantage after 3 out, asserted 2 out, pushed out to go clear before last, kept on strongly run-in, comfortably, won at Listowel 2m hcp hvy in Sep beating Cradle Mountain (10-7) by 11l, 17 ran.
Artful Artist (IRE) 9-2 (8-10) Mid-division on inner, 7th halfway, pushed along in 5th 2f out, ridden and some progress between horses into 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Le Vagabond (9-2) at Killarney 1m 6f hcp gf in Aug.
Rashaan (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Mid-division, progress into 6th after 3 out, ridden and no impression before 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 17, 18 1/4l behind Swamp Fox (10-10) at Listowel 2m hcp hvy in Sep.
Magnolia Rose (IRE) 2-1 (9-0) Chased leaders in 3rd, travelling well 3f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, stayed on strongly final furlong, comfortably, won at Navan 1m 5f mdn gd in Aug beating Treasure Chest (9-5) by 3 1/4l, 5 ran.
Papa's Way (IRE) 4-1 (9-11) Led, pushed along and headed approaching straight, soon no extra in 5th, weakened, 5th of 6, 26l behind Hidden Universe (9-3) at Listowel 1m 6f hcp hvy in Sep.
Prickly (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, ran freely, 2nd halfway, progress to lead approaching straight, pushed along and headed 2 out, ridden and no impression in 6th before last, no extra, 6th of 15, 11 3/4l behind Cradle Mountain (10-9) at Tipperary 2m hcp sft in Oct.
Kashmiri Sunset 5-2 (11-5) Tracked leader until before 6th, close up, driven soon after 3 out, weakened next, blundered last, 3rd of 5, dist behind Our Cat (10-5) at Perth 2m 4f (4) gd in Sep.
Udogo 11-1 (11-9) Mid-division on outer, ridden and no impression from 3f out, never a factor, 15th of 20, dist behind Theos Well (11-5) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Automated 7-2fav (9-12) Towards rear, 8th halfway, progress into 4th 4f out, short of room under 2f out and ridden in 5th 1f out, kept on well between horses inside final furlong to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Gusty Rocky (9-12) at Down Royal 2m 2f hcp Yielding - Soft in Sep.
Synopsis 9-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, 3rd 3f out, ridden in 3rd under 2f out, no impression final furlong, 9th of 20, 20 3/4l behind Theos Well (11-5) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.
Water Sprite (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 5th, fell 3 out, at Sligo 2m 1f hvy in Sep.
Laws Of Spin (IRE) 13-2 (8-10) Towards rear, 6th halfway, niggled along under 5f out, driven approaching straight, ridden into 4th 1 1/2f out, rapid headway 1f out to lead final 50 yards, kept on best, won at Leopardstown 1m 7f hcp gd in Aug beating Romanesque (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Hidden Universe (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Towards rear, progress on outer 3f out, ridden in 10th 2f out, 7th 1f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 20, 6 3/4l behind Theos Well (11-5) at Curragh 1m 4f hcp hvy in Sep.