The Hamptons is attempting to record back-to-back victories in this race and returned to winning ways when edging out Statue Of Dreams at Bellewstown last month. He's now 12lb higher than when successful 12 months ago, however, and may have trouble confirming that form with third DIAMOND FIRE, who enjoys a 14lb pull in the weights and generally comes to hand around this time of year. Teachers Choice has dropped to an attractive mark and could be interesting if re-invigorated by the sea air but the handicapper has reassessed Desert Ben following last month's near miss at Naas.
The Hamptons (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden into 2nd 1f out, led last 150 yards, kept on well, all out close home, won at Bellewstown 5f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug beating Statue Of Dreams (9-4) by hd, 13 ran.
One Of Three (IRE) 12-1 (8-4) Held up towards rear, 10th halfway, ridden in 8th over 1f out, kept on final furlong without threatening, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Takeover Bid (8-3) at Cork 7f hcp 50-85 gd in Aug.
Teachers Choice (IRE) 10-1 (9-2) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden 2f out, 5th 1f out, no extra final furlong and kept on same pace, 6th of 16, 6l behind Edmondstown Lass (9-13) at Sligo 6f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Desert Ben (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Mid-division on outer, 10th halfway, headway into 5th 2f out, ridden to challenge 1f out, disputed inside final furlong, just denied on line, 2nd of 20, shd behind Doorock (9-0) at Naas 6f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Statue Of Dreams (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway 1 1/2f out, 5th 1f out, ran on well final furlong, just held, 2nd of 13, hd behind The Hamptons (9-5) at Bellewstown 5f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Five Two 16-1 (9-3) Dwelt, towards rear, 9th halfway, headway into 6th 3f out, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 10th of 15, 13l behind Foxillian (9-3) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 47-60 gd in Aug.
Under Review (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 15th of 16, 41l behind Edmondstown Lass (9-13) at Sligo 6f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Diamond Fire (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Towards rear for most, never a factor, 11th of 15, 23l behind Lily's Star (8-11) at Bellewstown 1m hcp 47-60 gd in Aug.
Great Knight (IRE) 8-1 (8-5) Chased leaders early, mid-division halfway, ridden and no impression 2f out, 11th of 13, 11l behind The Hamptons (9-5) at Bellewstown 5f hcp 47-65 gd in Aug.
Liffey Bank (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, weakened from 2f out, last of 15, 34l behind Gagnant (9-13) at Roscommon 7f hcp 47-60 gf in Jun.
Delek (IRE) 10-1 (9-13) Mid-division, 9th halfway, ridden and no extra over 2f out, weakened, 14th of 16, 36l behind Edmondstown Lass (9-13) at Sligo 6f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Brockovich (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 5th 2f out, ridden into 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2 1/4l behind Edmondstown Lass (9-13) at Sligo 6f hcp 47-65 in Aug.
Vera Lilley (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden and closer order 2f out, no extra entering straight, 10th of 16, 14l behind Edmondstown Lass (9-13) at Sligo 6f hcp 47-65 in Aug.