LEAD KINDLY LIGHT just failed to cope with the in-form Speckled Wood at Clonmel on Thursday and looks well enough handicapped over timber these days to gain compensation. American Flyer loves heavy ground, as he showed when landing a Tipperary maiden in October, but he'd run poorly on his two earlier starts at this track. Sacre Malta could hardly have been more impressive than when scoring at Limerick's Christmas fixture and was made odds-on for a repeat at Punchestown four days later but flopped badly. He was probably feeling the effects on that occasion and has had a break to put him straight. Classic Event looks high enough in the weights and Time Please will need to do more.
Classic Event (IRE) 9-4 (11-1) Soon mid-division, closed from before 3 out, 5th before straight, no extra after 2 out, 10th of 12, 41l behind Carsonstown Bridge (11-4) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Jan.
American Flyer (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Led and disputed, ridden to gain decisive advantage approaching last, stayed on well to hold on to his lead run-in, won at Tipperary 2m mdn hdl hvy in Oct beating Zekarya (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Sacre Malta (FR) 9-10fav (12-2) Mid-division, dropped to rear after 4 out and no extra, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by World Citizen (10-11) at Punchestown 2m cond hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec, 15 ran.
Lead Kindly Light (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Chased leader, close up and disputed from after 2nd, clear of field, reduced advantage before straight, ridden 2 out, led before last, challenged last and soon headed, no extra run-in, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Speckled Wood (11-5) at Clonmel 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (80-116) (4yo+).
Cnoc Seoda (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, no impression from before 3 out, kept on from next, 6th of 14, 9l behind Thepartysover (11-5) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Feb.
Time Please (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Prominent, 3rd halfway, ridden in 4th approaching straight and no extra from 2 out, 5th of 18, 27l behind Rolly Baby (11-4) at Thurles 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Crowned Supreme (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Towards rear and never a factor, kept on one pace, 7th of 11, well behind Rory Anna (11-8) at Gowran Park 2m 1f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (80-123) (4yo+) hvy in Jan.
Might Be Magic 20-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened from 4 out, soon trailing, completely tailed off, 18th of 20, well behind Owennacurra Milan (11-7) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Mar '12.
Green Hornet (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Never a factor, 14th of 16, well behind Sonapour (11-7) at Wexford 2m 4yo mdn hdl gd in Jun.
Not My Idea (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Soon mid-division, ridden into moderate 7th from 2 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 7th of 14, 10l behind Thepartysover (11-5) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Feb.
Bad Cigar (IRE) 12-1 (11-10) Soon mid-division, 9th approaching 3 out, moderate 7th and no impression from before next, kept on in moderate 3rd from last, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Whatdreamsrmadeof (11-9) at Fairyhouse 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Jan.
Wing It Lady (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, 3rd approaching straight and mistake 2 out, soon no extra and kept on one pace, 3rd of 14, 10l behind Fiery Oscar (12-1) at Clonmel 2m Amateur Handicap Hurdle (80-95) (5yo+) in Feb.
Luddsdenene (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Prominent, on terms 4 out, 2nd 3 out, no extra next, 6th of 9, 30l behind High Desert (11-12) at Tramore 2m beg chase hvy in Jan.
Onlyonasunday (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Towards rear, 11th 3 out, good headway into 3rd next, soon ridden and weakened, 5th of 13, 16l behind Alhellal (11-12) at Ballinrobe 2m 4f mdn hdl gf in Aug '11.