led, jumped left 1st and 2nd, fell 3rd
held up in last, badly hampered 3rd, led 5th, pushed along briefly bypassing 5 out, travelling well when pressed before 2 out, asserted under hands and heels before last, kept on, easily
raced in 3rd early, hampered by faller and unseated rider 3rd
2nd early, badly hampered and left in lead 3rd, slow jump 4th, hampered and headed when slow jump 5th, raced 2nd after, jumped big 4 out, pushed along to challenge before 2 out, ridden and no impression when jumped big last, kept on one pace
Pylonthepressure, suited by race conditions based on official ratings, has every chance on his fine second in the Mayo National on his penultimate start before failing to cut any ice in the Galway Plate. This is a far more straightforward assignment but he faces a couple of dangerous Gordon Elliott opponents, of which BARRA makes greatest appeal. He was a desperately unlucky loser when tipping up at the last in the Midlands National two starts back and can take advantage of the 7lb received from the Mullins' top weight. Westland Row arrives in good heart after smoothly landing a Kilbeggan hurdle a handful of days ago and merits respect.
Pylonthepressure (IRE) 9-1 (10-2) Soon prominent, mistake 5th, 3rd halfway, not fluent 8th, slightly impeded by loose horse before 4 out, no extra and not fluent last, 15th of 22, dist behind Borice (10-2) at Galway 2m 7f hcp gd in Jul.
Westland Row (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Towards rear, jumped big at 2nd and 4th, 5th after 5th, took closer order after 4 out, progress to 3rd after 2 out, travelled well and closed in 2nd home bend, led narrowly at last, asserted run-in, comfortably, won at Kilbeggan 2m 4f Yielding in Aug beating Tombstone (11-12) by 3 1/4l, 6 ran.
Forza Milan (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Not fluent in last, jumped right, awkward and rider lost iron briefly 7th, went 4th 3 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 23 1/2l behind Pingshou (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m (4) gd in May.
Rebel Turn (IRE) 66-1 (11-12) Soon tracked leaders, pushed along approaching 2 out, no extra from last, 12th of 17, 29 3/4l behind Zero Ten (11-12) at Galway 2m 2f gd in Jul.
Barra (FR) 14-1 (10-3) Mistake 1st, soon slightly impeded and towards rear, impeded before 5th, hampered 9th, no impression approaching 2 out, soon no extra, 14th of 22, dist behind Borice (10-2) at Galway 2m 7f hcp gd in Jul.
Stylish Moment (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, disputed 2nd and slight mistake 3 out, soon ridden, under pressure in 4th and slight mistake 2 out, no extra before last where slight mistake, 4th of 12, 20 1/4l behind Ificudiwud (11-12) at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn sft in Aug.