WHISKEY AND RYE is thriving and a 7lb rise is unlikely to prevent a hat-trick, especially with conditions in his favour. He had Concrete And Clay and Thepartysover in the minor places at Limerick a fortnight ago but the former can get closer as that was his first start since August. Glen Beg created a 33/1 shock in a Clonmel maiden three weeks ago and makes her handicap debut while Stop The Clock ran really well over a longer trip at Naas and is progressing enough to take a hand.
Concrete And Clay 10-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, 7th 3 out, headway in 5th entering straight, challenged before 2 out, ridden in 3rd last, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Whiskey And Rye (10-13) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy.
Knockcroghery (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, slow jump 4 out, closed in 3rd after 2 out, ridden straight, no impression approaching last, dropped to last run-in, 4th of 7, 33l behind Oscars Business (11-7) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs hvy in Dec.
Sligo Publican (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Waited with in mid-division, closer order to track leaders approaching 3 out, 2nd next, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Johny's Lantern (10-10) at Limerick 2m 3f Mares Hurdle (5yo+) gd in Apr.
Ted Dolly (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 10th and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 8th of 13, 12l behind Carlowsantana (10-5) at Cork 2m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Lough Roe Lady (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Led and disputed, headed 4 out, ridden from next, no impression from 2 out, 6th of 19, 9l behind Dressedtothenines (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft.
Crocus Bay (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Always towards rear, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Shariyan (11-1) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 in Jan, 26 ran.
Glen Beg (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leaders on outer, jumped left throughout, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 4 out, improved to 2nd next, led before straight, asserted before 2 out where slight mistake, ridden and kept on well from before last, won at Clonmel 2m mdn hdl sft beating Black Zero (10-13) by 9l, 18 ran.
Whiskey And Rye (IRE) 4-1fav (10-13) Mid-division, headway into 3rd 3 out, improved to challenge before 2 out, ridden to lead last, kept on well run-in, won at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy beating Tristram Shandy (11-8) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Thepartysover 5-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to lead entering straight, ridden and headed before 2 out, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 12l behind Whiskey And Rye (10-13) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy.
Stop The Clock (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) In rear, headway from 4 out, 8th next, went 2nd and ridden 2 out, 2nd at last, no extra and dropped 4th close home, 4th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Wicklow Lad (11-4) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Summers King (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Always behind, trailing from 4 out, tailed off, 13th of 15, dis behind Rating Queen (10-12) at Thurles 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Roman Numeral (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Towards rear for most, no impression from 3 out, 9th of 11, 35l behind Western Man (11-6) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Feb.
Known Witness (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Unruly at start, chased leaders on outer and 8th halfway, no extra approaching 2 out, 10th of 12, 25l behind Golden Firth (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 2f 4yo mdn stks.