13:35 Gowran Park

ART OF SILENCE unseated at the second on hurdling debut when sent off joint-favourite for a maiden at Listowel and deserves another chance. He won a bumper at Ballinrobe in May and was a good third in a winners' contest at the same venue earlier this month. Catena Zapata is a two-time winner at Dundalk and wasn't beaten far off a mark of 88 in a Curragh handicap in mid-summer. He can race freely but if settling effectively he'll be a major player given his ability on the level. The 105-rated Wee Willie Nail has the benefit of experience and has twice been runner-up at Downpatrick. He hasn't been getting home in his races and the drop back to 2m should help in that regard.
Prediction : 1st Art Of Silence 2nd Catena Zapata 3rd Wee Willie Nail

14:07 Gowran Park

SAYLAVEE gets the vote to make a winning start over hurdles after doing well in bumpers this summer. After a wide margin success at Clonmel, she followed up in a winners' contest at Killarney. Both of those wins came on good ground. Fellow hurdling debutant The Mediator is the obvious danger. Gordon Elliott's charge won a small-field bumper at Down Royal last autumn and acquitted himself well when third to a smart stablemate of the selection in a winners' bumper at Fairyhouse in April. Ballinlough Gale has plenty of experience and has been placed in a couple of handicaps. He has every chance of minor honours but his rating of 101 means that he would be a surprise winner.
Prediction : 1st Saylavee 2nd The Mediator 3rd Ballinlough Gale

14:42 Gowran Park

A MERE BAGATELLE got off the mark in a handicap hurdle at Cartmel in June and has been very consistent since then. The five-year-old has been mixing it between chasing and hurdling and wasn't beaten far on his latest start in this discipline when fourth at Bellewstown last month. Danny Mullins takes over in the saddle for the first time. Cracklinrose, runner-up over hurdles at Kilbeggan in July, has a red hot claimer on board and ran well on her most recent start when third in a handicap chase at Tramore. The 7lb taken off her back by Michael O'Sullivan could make all the difference. Berliet Express is another who reverts from chasing. His last hurdles run saw him chase home a progressive mare at Ballinrobe and he'll enjoy the forecast good ground.
Prediction : 1st A Mere Bagatelle 2nd Cracklinrose 3rd Berliet Express

15:17 Gowran Park

LUCY VAN PELT stepped up markedly on previous form when winning at Punchestown in May. She had an excuse (in season) for a poor run at Cork last month and can leave that behind under regular partner JJ Slevin. Only One Plan was third to a well-handicapped rival at Killarney in July and, on paper, that gives him a great chance. The Killarney winner is now rated two stone higher and was fourth in a valuable handicap at Listowel last week. If Philip Rothwell's charge is in similar shape after a break, he'll be hard to beat. Vairue ran well to be fifth in a higher grade on handicap debut at Down Royal but didn't back it up when disappointing at Navan. He'll not be far away if bouncing back to form.
Prediction : 1st Lucy Van Pelt 2nd Only One Plan 3rd Vairue

15:52 Gowran Park

OUTBACK FLYER won a competitive mares' contest at the Galway festival and has acquitted herself well in better handicaps since then. Runner-up at Killarney last month, she made late headway when beaten a little over seven lengths in a valuable event at Listowel last week and has a decent chance in what doesn't look the strongest renewal of this. Willie Mullins has won it six times in the last ten years and many will look no further than his representative Champagne Problem. The free-going five-year-old hasn't been all that fluent when winning her first two starts over hurdles by wide margins but she's the one in here that has the potential to go up the grades. Scenic Look has had a very productive summer with Flat and hurdling wins. Fourth in a long distance handicap on the level at Down Royal, she may be outpaced late on but has place prospects.
Prediction : 1st Outback Flyer 2nd Champagne Problem 3rd Scenic Look

16:27 Gowran Park

MOVING WATER seems like the type who just does enough and can complete a hat-trick. After landing a Wexford maiden, he got on top close home to win his first handicap at Tipperary in June. The handicapper hasn't missed him but Des McDonogh has given him plenty of time to strengthen up a bit further and he has a lovely racing weight on his back. Highland Penny is also going for three in a row after making virtually all at Tramore and Listowel. She's up 11lb for the latter victory and that will make life tougher. Bumper and maiden hurdle winner Esperti is interesting on handicap debut. 2m7f looked too far for him when third at Killarney last time and he could fare better over this trip off what looks a reasonable mark.
Prediction : 1st Moving Water 2nd Highland Penny 3rd Esperti

17:02 Gowran Park

PALE BLUE DOT got off the mark in a Bellewstown maiden last month and can go well after a creditable sixth over this trip when back in handicap company at Listowel. The experienced six-year-old is down in grade and Denis Hogan has enlisted a 7lb claimer to reduce the burden of top weight. Sargent Lightfoot has won over hurdles and fences at Kilbeggan this summer and wasn't beaten far when fourth on his most recent start in this discipline. The veteran cross-country chaser Hurricane Darwin did really well to win over hurdles at Listowel after his summer break and can't be ruled out off a 5lb higher mark. Serpolette, a winner over 2m6f at Tramore in July, was nearest at the finish when runner-up over 2m at Navan and will appreciate this trip.
Prediction : 1st Pale Blue Dot 2nd Sargent Lightfoot 3rd Serpolette

17:37 Gowran Park

KISS MY LUCKY EGG was acquired for 27,000 pounds by her shrewd connections after winning on debut at Newton Abbot in May. The mare she beat into second had been runner-up in a Listed contest at Newbury so the form is not too shabby and she is fitted with a tongue-tie for her Irish debut. Dorans Weir has a double penalty after winning two of her five starts last term. Beaten less than a length by Albert Bartlett winner The Nice Guy at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting, she struck at this level at Fairyhouse in April and is likely to contend if fully wound up after her summer break. Willie Mullins has won four of the last seven renewals and relies on Tramore winner Katie Tay. It was a relatively ordinary affair that she won but improvement could be forthcoming, particularly if she learns to settle better.
Prediction : 1st Kiss My Lucky Egg 2nd Dorans Weir 3rd Katie Tay