Ballinahow Lady has been going well over fences but it's a long time since she showed any form over timber. A Decent Excuse is definitely improving and though beaten in a better race at Clonmel last time she wasn't disgraced and should get involved. Drawn N Drank landed a maiden in very heavy ground at Navan and conditions will be in his favour but it's DAZZLERS DAY, who can hardly go any lower in the ratings and gained a surprise victory here yesterday, who is taken to go in again. Robbie McMahon, who finished third in that race, is another who should go well if allowed to take his chance.
Ballinahow Lady (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Always prominent, on terms 5 out, led from next, headed after 2 out, no impression from before last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 15, 4l behind Sole Witness (11-6) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 hvy.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 10-3 (9-10) Chased leaders and prominent, close 2nd from 6th, ridden to challenge entering straight, no extra in 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Quietly Fancied (10-7) at Clonmel 3m hcp hdl sft in Nov.
Tukawhile (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Rear of mid-division, 12th 4 out, kept on without threatening from next, 6th of 20, 18l behind Oscars Joy (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl sft.
Drawn N Drank (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) (poor visibility) tracked leaders, 3rd entering straight, soon ridden, led before last, slight mistake at last, all out and tiring close home, won at Navan 2m 7f mdn hdl hvy in Nov beating Kashline (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Robbie McMahon (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Waited with towards rear, headway to chase leaders and no impression from before last, ran on without threatening, 4th of 20, 9l behind Latin Connection (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Nov.
Cross To Boston (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Never better than mid-division, 12th of 14, well behind Venture Capital (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl.
The Shoe Doctor (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Towards rear, moderate 10th 4 out, soon ridden, moderate 7th entering straight, kept on one paced, 4th when left 3rd at last, 3rd of 16, 14l behind Robertstown Rover (9-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 sft.
Another Flutter (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, driven along and dropped to 3rd approaching 3 out, no impression early straight and dropped to moderate 4th before last, no extra, 4th of 11, 44l behind Whiskey And Red (11-8) at Thurles 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy.
Dazzlers Day (FR) 14-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, ridden along and no extra 4 out, 9th of 14, 45l behind Happy New Year (11-6) at Limerick 2m 5f am hcp hdle 80-95 hvy in Nov.