WHISKEY AND RED, an easy winner when well supported at Thurles last month, completed a double on the same track on Sunday and looks to have been found a simple opportunity for the hat-trick, especially with his rider's claim a major plus. Most of his rivals are out of form though Nivek's Dream ran his best race for some time at Thurles last month and has dropped to a very lowly mark. Take A Shot has struggled at the weights since completing a hat-trick last year though he's been dropped 3lb since his latest run and can reach the frame with Dunroe Boy, whose best runs over fences would put him in the picture, likely to prove the pick of the remainder.
Take A Shot (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along in 7th before 3 out, 6th after 3 out, no impression, 5th of 9, 29l behind Tarquinius (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 hvy in Nov.
Knocklayde Euro (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, lost place 6th, soon no impression, 11th of 14, 47l behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Spiker The Biker (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Waited with towards rear, a bit impeded and slow jump 6 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before 4 out, 5th of 7, 28l behind Saoirse Dun (11-9) at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) 7-2fav (10-8) Tracked leaders on inner, 7th halfway, headway into 3rd approaching 4 out and 2nd entering straight, challenged approaching last where led and kept on well to assert run-in, won at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Nov beating Another Flutter (11-7) by 5l, 17 ran.
Nivek's Dream (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Hampered 1st, soon mid-division, closed to chase leaders 4 out, hampered and no extra from next, 6th of 13, 10l behind Best Of Bocelli (11-3) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109 in Nov.
Micks Benefit (IRE) 10-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 6th 1/2way, ko sme pce str, 5th of 19, 17l behind Nedzer's Return (11-4) at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp hvy.
Wild Salmon (IRE) 10-1 (11-10) In rear, 6th halfway, moderate 4th after 3 out (usually 4 out), no extra before next, 6th of 8, 47l behind Barnevelder (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 sft in Sep.
Ce Mhead (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Prominent, in front 4th, headed next, no extra from before 4 out, 6th of 7, well behind Saoirse Dun (11-9) at Wexford 2m 6f hcp chs 0-102.
Dunroe Boy (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Rear of mid-division, no threat from 5 out, 9th of 16, well behind Saoirse Dun (10-12) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Nov.
Hu Ha Jo (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leader racing keely and led 5th, mistake next, strongly pressed and headed approaching 2 out, soon no extra and dropped to 5th before last, 5th of 8, 20l behind Playing (11-11) at Clonmel 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95.
Popaflora 25-1 (9-12) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 9th of 16, well behind Robertstown Rover (9-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 sft.