A tight-looking opener. Anoosou, who ran very well behind Life Of Reilly at Tipperary before a poor effort at Limerick, has a penalty to carry and appears unlikely to concede almost a stone to Sister Steve, though the latter may do better over further. Imperial Joey has found 2m4f too far on his last two starts and this looks his trip, a remark that also applies to Minella King, though he could probably do with some rain. Tirmoyle ran well in a Killarney bumper last week but the vote goes to FAIRWOOD MASSINI, who hasn't exactly been consistent but whose best form, including when runner-up at Down Royal a week ago, should be good enough.
Anoosou (FR) 10-3 (11-12) Tracked leaders, 4th 3 out, no extra straight, 8th of 18, 33l behind Scene Of The Crash (11-12) at Limerick 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Littletown Lass (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, no impression under pressure in moderate 4th and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 4th of 15, 30l behind Final Flashback (11-5) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl gf in Aug.
Commanche Conflict (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Soon in rear at slow pace, no impression and kept on same pace from after 3 out, 6th of 10, 22l behind Shadow Eile (11-7) at Galway 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Fairwood Massini (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, left 2nd 2 out, no impression winner, kept on same pace, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Between Me And You (10-11) at Down Royal 2m mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Glorach (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, 4th 5 out, ridden and no impression from 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 16, well behind Dirty Den (11-4) at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Imperial Joey (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Mid-division early, headway into 4th after 5th, 2nd 3 out, challenged next, ridden in 3rd and no extra entering straight, kept on one pace, 3rd of 15, 10l behind Bundle Of Fun (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Masterofthebree (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden into moderate 5th after 4 out, no impression, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 22l behind Rockofinspiration (11-1) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f mdn hdl gd in Aug.
Minella King (IRE) 11-2 (10-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th 2 out, no extra and weakened, tailed off, 7th of 15, well behind Bundle Of Fun (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Rulesofengagement (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, ridden in 9th before 3 out, weakened and tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind Bundle Of Fun (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Tirmoyle (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 3rd 4f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, went 2nd under 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Law Rebel (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f N H flat gd in Aug.
Duty Dance (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Settled in rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 4th under 4f out, 3rd and driven along approaching straight, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Lean Times (12-0) at Kilbeggan 2m 3f N H flat gd in Jul '10.
Eveningofelegance (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden in 11th 5f out, no impression and kept on one pace, 10th of 17, 28l behind Flash Scan (11-7) at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in Jul '09.
Fastnowfast (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Mid-division, moderate 7th after 3 out, soon no impression, 12th of 19, well behind Natural High (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Sister Steve (IRE) 4-1fav (11-2) Chased leaders, no impression under pressure in 4th straight, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 5l behind Sean Airgead (11-0) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug.