Supporters of GIANT SEQUOIA have had their fingers burnt on a couple of occasions since he arrived from the UK but this looks a good chance to recoup losses. John Supple's charge was caught in the shadow of the post by Ikansea at Limerick last time and though that was over slightly shorter he has no problems with this trip. He was earlier beaten into second by Winners Toast but the faster ground here may enable him to reverse the form with Eoin Doyle's gelding. Almanyan is 6lbs higher for beating Foreigner at Downpatrick in August and has since been well beaten on the level but Cool Oscar hasn't had much racing and looked on the upgrade when beating Sir Vincent on 5lbs lower at Gowran earlier this month.
Almanyan (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, soon ridden, headed next, close 2nd at last, regained lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Aug beating Foreigner (11-1) by 3l, 11 ran.
Cool Oscar (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Always prominent, 2nd halfway, challenged approaching 3 out, led briefly before next, headed under pressure, no impression on winner before last, rallied run-in and kept on gamely to lead close home, won at Gowran Park 2m 4f mdn hdl beating Sir Vincent (11-12) by hd, 19 ran.
Bale O'shea (IRE) 3-1fav (9-10) Held up, 6th and progress 4 out, 5th next, ridden 2 out, no extra from last, 7th of 9, 5l behind Grangeclare Gold (11-0) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl gf.
Molko Jack (FR) 14-1 (11-12) Mid-division, no extra from 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Lucky At Last (11-9) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs gf in Jun, 16 ran.
Fayre Cross (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Held up, 6th 4 out, close 5th after 3 out, dropped to 7th and no extra before 2 out, soon eased, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Binocular (11-9) at Tramore 2m 6yo mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
Granaruid (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, 4th approaching 2 out, went 2nd but no impression on winner before last, no extra run-in, weakened, 5th of 13, 16l behind Lets Go Sunshine (10-13) at Downpatrick 2m 7f mdn hdl gf in Sep.
Highglen (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 5th, 7th halfway, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind By The Hour (11-6) at Sligo 2m 1f hcp chs 0-109 in Sep.
The Hedge (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden before 2 out, 2nd last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 15, 6l behind High Skies (11-10) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-95 gd in Oct '09.
Silent Jo (JPN) 12-1 (10-5) Rear of mid-division, stayed on from 2 out, 7th of 20, 14l behind Kayanna's Back (10-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Giant Sequoia (USA) 5-2fav (9-13) Mid-division, headway into 4th 3 out, improved to challenge 2 out, ridden to lead before last, kept on run-in, headed close home, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Ikansea (10-5) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 8Evens09 gd.
Winners Toast (IRE) 9-2fav (11-4) Always prominent, 2nd halfway, disputed briefly 3 out, soon no extra under pressure and dropped to 4th at next, kept on one pace, 4th of 20, 26l behind Ragtime Lucy (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95.
High Amenity (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) In rear, driven along before 3 out, went moderate 8th 2 out, kept on, 5th of 15, 16l behind Araucaria (11-7) at Wexford 2m 4f Mares Hurdle (5yo+) gd.
Nipper John (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Mid-division early, dropped towards rear halfway, pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Wins Now (11-7) at Galway 2m 6f hcp chs 0-123 gf in Jul, 19 ran.
Ringfort (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, progress 3 out, 8th and ridden after 2 out, moderate 5th from last, 5th of 25, 10l behind Green To Gold (11-2) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
The Buck (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Well off pace towards rear, moderate 9th approaching 6 out, kept on without threatening from after 4 out, 4th of 11, 12l behind Matchbook (11-3) at Cork 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 8Evens09 in Aug.
Face Facts (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Mid-division, 10th and ridden 2 out, kept on, 9th of 20, 16l behind Kayanna's Back (10-8) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens16 gd.
Market Watcher (USA) 14-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway in 6th 3 out, ridden into moderate 3rd last, no extra run-in, 5th of 14, 23l behind Uncommited (10-9) at Downpatrick 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Rokococo Palm (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Rear of mid-division, kept on one pace from after 3 out, 9th of 25, 24l behind Green To Gold (11-2) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
Claragh Native (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Always towards rear, 15th of 16, 42l behind Cybersnow (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 88-116 gf.
Fool's Wildcat (USA) 9-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, weakened after last, 8th of 17, 16l behind Court Red Handed (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Adropaupep (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Well off pace in rear, ridden and kept on without threatening from before 4 out, 5th of 16, 19l behind Vinnie (11-13) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95.
Folduf (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, one pace from 3 out, 17th of 30, 33l behind Super Daisy (11-4) at Navan 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Sep.
Sue Princesse (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Mid-division, 10th after 4 out, no extra approaching next, 14th of 18, 37l behind Chairmanforlife (11-6) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 gd.
Yeoman (FR) 16-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, went 5th approaching 3 out, no extra from early straight, 5th of 20, 27l behind Ragtime Lucy (10-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95.
Carrick Dante (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) in a race won by Mohtarres (10-13) at Navan 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Sep '08, 26 ran.