in rear, ran in snatches and slight mistake 3rd, mistake 5th, progress to be in touch with leaders on outer entering straight, no impression from 3 out
tracked leaders on outer, headway into 3rd travelling well 3 out, led next, soon ridden, strongly pressed at last, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace close home
led, headed 2nd, led again from 7th, ridden and headed 2 out, soon weakened
held up in rear, headway from 3 out, 4th on outer 2 out, ridden and went 2nd approaching last, improved to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well close home
mid-division, mistake and unseated rider at 2nd
rear of mid-division, closer in 7th on outer 3 out, soon ridden, no impression before last
tracked leaders, 8th 3 out, soon ridden and and no impression
tracked leaders, took keen hold and led from 2nd, headed 7th, weakened before 3 out
tracked leaders, ridden in 4th 2 out, no extra in 4th at last, kept on without threatening in 3rd inside final furlong
towards rear, in rear when fell 4 out
mid-division, closer in 4th 3 out, soon ridden and no impression
rear of mid-division, progress 4 out, 6th next, ridden in 3rd 2 out, no impression on leaders in 3rd at last, no extra inside final furlong
mid-division on inner, ridden and no impression entering straight, never a factor
Rain In Spain is 2lb out of the handicap but she's been battling away over this sort of trip and Rachael Blackmore is a very positive booking. Air Supremacy looked a nice prospect when winning his first two but has been well beaten since stepping up in class and was 32 lengths behind DE NAME ESCAPES ME when the latter made an impressive reappearance at Naas. Noel Meade's charge is up 8lb but looks capable of adding to his tally. Tigris River, in the same ownership, won last year's Galway Hurdle and struggled at the weights as a consequence but is gradually coming down while Hareth is perfectly capable of winning a race of this nature at his best so watch the market. High Sparrow and Pass The Ball are others to note in another tough race for punters to fathom.
Tigris River (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Mid-division on outer, ridden and no extra after 3 out, 16th of 20, 27 1/4l behind Sharjah (11-7) at Galway 2m hcp sft in Aug.
De Name Escapes Me (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, headway to lead 2 out, soon pushed along and went clear, ridden and stayed on strongly run-in, comfortably, won at Naas 2m 4f hcp Good - Yielding in Nov beating Brex Drago (10-7) by 4 1/4l, 13 ran.
Prince Garyantle (IRE) 5-4 (11-0) Chased leader, mistake 7th, lost 2nd before last bend, no extra, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Souriyan (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 5f (4) gf in Jun.
Walk To Freedom (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 13, 18 1/4l behind De Name Escapes Me (10-12) at Naas 2m 4f hcp Good - Yielding in Nov.
Westland Row (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden and no extra 3 out, 11th of 18, 12 1/4l behind Lasoscar (10-2) at Killarney 2m 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Edelpour (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, 3rd and slight mistake 5 out, ridden entering straight, kept on same pace under pressure from 2 out, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Sometime Soon (11-12) at Wexford 2m mdn Yielding in Oct.
High Sparrow (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Close up, 4th after 6th, under pressure in 6th after 2 out, soon ridden, 5th at last, kept on without threatening in 4th run-in, 4th of 19, 9 1/2l behind Suinda (10-4) at Galway 2m 6f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Pass The Ball (IRE) 7-1 (9-8) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, ridden in 2nd entering straight, disputed lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, no impression on winner inside final furlong, 3rd close home, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Touch Of Gold (9-3) at Dundalk 1m 3f hcp pol in Oct.
Salty Boy (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Led, a little left and slight mistake 6th where joined, regained lead before 8th, pushed along and strongly pressed straight, asserted from before last where jumped slightly left, stayed on well run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn gd in Nov beating Notebook (11-4) by 6 1/2l, 7 ran.
Air Supremacy (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Mid-division, 8th 4 out, weakened from next, soon behind, last of 13, 31 1/2l behind De Name Escapes Me (10-12) at Naas 2m 4f hcp Good - Yielding in Nov.
Hareth (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Chased leader, 10th after 7th, lost place and weakened before 2 out, 14th of 19, 26 1/4l behind Suinda (10-4) at Galway 2m 6f hcp Yielding in Oct.
Jimmy Breekie (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, slow 5th, 4th halfway, pushed along and lost place approaching 2 out, ridden and no extra before last, 12th of 13, 23 1/4l behind Wonder Laish (11-6) at Navan 2m hcp gd in Nov.
Nobody Home (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders and 5th early, on terms before 8th, soon led, joined straight, headed before 2 out where not fluent, no extra and one pace after, 8th of 20, 18 1/4l behind Out Sam (10-13) at Cork 3m 4f hcp Yielding in Nov.
Rain In Spain (IRE) 9-4fav (12-2) Mid-division early, 8th after 3rd, closed to track leaders approaching 3 out, challenged next on inner, soon on terms, gained narrow lead run-in and stayed on well, won at Thurles 2m 7f hcp gd in Nov beating Toosey (11-4) by nk, 16 ran.