OLD HALL is in cracking form even though he was awarded his last victory by the Wexford stewards after crossing the line in second place. He is climbing the weights and this looks a tough task but he looks capable of better and can complete a hat-trick. Oh Houdini was possibly fortunate to land a beginners' race at Limerick from today's rival Shan Brogeen but that was only his second start over fences and his quick jumping took its toll of his rivals. The ex-hunter Silence Speaks has won two handicaps in battling style but he's another who has shot up the weights while Killy Fryer also landed a beginners' chase at Down Royal though he will need to improve from that.
Old Hall (IRE) 5-2fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, progress into 3rd 4 out, ridden in 2nd entering straight, led bypassing last, bumped slightly under 1f out, kept on well close home, just failed, promoted to 1st, won at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 in Jul, 15 ran.
Oh Houdini (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 6th before straight, ridden to challenge and on terms when left in front last, stayed on well to go clear run-in, won at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul beating Shan Brogeen (11-7) by 7l, 16 ran.
Royal Blood (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Led, wandered about 3rd and reminders, soon joined, headed after 7th, weakened and pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Alfa Beat (10-13) at Wexford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-116 gd in Jul, 15 ran.
Archies Lad 10-1 (11-5) in a race won by Ah Come On Tom (9-7) at Navan 3m hcp chs fm in May '08, 16 ran.
Kilbane River (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, weakened before 4 out, 11th of 15, 36l behind Golden Kite (11-7) at Tramore 2m 6f cond hcp ch 0-123 gf in Apr.
Johnny Kilawee (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Prominent, bad mistake 6th and again 5 out, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 15, 40l behind Hatton's Wood (10-13) at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 in Jul.
Silence Speaks (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) In touch, 6th after halfway, smooth headway into 3rd after 4 out, led travelling best 3 out, edged clear from next, hard ridden and kept on from last, won at Killarney 2m 4f hcp chs 0-102 in Jul beating Leney Dow Jones (11-9) by 2l, 15 ran.
Andrews Pet (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, bad mistake and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Oh Houdini (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul, 16 ran.
Killy Fryer (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead before 4 out, slight mistake and ridden 2 out, kept on well from before last, won at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs gf in May beating Instigator (11-9) by 5l, 12 ran.
Pagan Magic (USA) 14-1 (9-7) Soon chased leaders, moderate 2nd 4 out, 3rd into straight, soon no impression, 5th of 14, 13l behind Pallasmore (10-13) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 gd in Jul.
Casadei (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Towards rear, headway from 4 out, soon ridden and no impression, 9th of 15, 23l behind Hatton's Wood (10-13) at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 in Jul.
Ballygill Gale (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 16th of 18, well behind Old Hall (11-9) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 gf in Jun.
Caher Flow (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway to 10th 5 out, ridden in 6th before 2 out, soon no impression and kept on one pace, 6th of 16, 13l behind Our Monty (11-7) at Ballinrobe 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 in Jul '09.
Keoghs Bar (IRE) 11-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, 5th on inner halfway, mistake 8th, 4th after 3 out, 5th and no extra from next, 6th of 18, 23l behind Old Hall (11-9) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 gf in Jun.
Old Shyan (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, weakened from 5 out, 12th of 15, well behind Alfa Beat (10-6) at Roscommon 3m hcp chs 0-109 gf in Jun.
Shan Brogeen (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, on terms before straight, soon led, headed before last where left 2nd, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 7l behind Oh Houdini (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs gd in Jul.
Kaitlin's Fancy (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Towards rear, closer in 7th 4 out, ridden and no impression from next, 6th of 16, 31l behind Pacific Ocean (10-2) at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 gf in Jun.
Tobar Isaun (IRE) 25-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 9th of 16, well behind Pacific Ocean (10-2) at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 gf in Jun.
Westmeath Bachelor (IRE) 8-1 (10-10) Always behind, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Ten Fires (11-7) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Feb, 16 ran.