Lascalahall looked the winner at Naas last time until caught on the run-in by Saoirse Dun so the winner can give a pointer to his chances in the previous race. Connections of Clashnabrook took advantage of an exceptionally lenient chase mark to score at Gowran on Saturday but won't be pleased to see him handed a massive 16lb rise in the ratings and this looks tougher. WHISKEY AND RED showed very little in five starts over fences hence his very lowly handicap mark but he's improved over hurdles and is on such a low weight that he's taken to gain his first success over the bigger obstacles. Amber Knight ran well here in January before scoring at Down Royal so goes on the short-list despite a long break.
Clashnabrook (IRE) 7-4fav (9-10) Settled in 7th, headway approaching straight to go 4th 3 out, disputed next and soon led, driven out and kept on well run-in, won at Gowran Park 2m 2f hcp chs 0-116 hvy beating Character Actor (11-12) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Sea Master (IRE) 20-1 (9-11) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 4th from 8th, ridden in 6th and hampered 3 out, left 5th, no impression in 3rd entering straight, kept on one pace, 4th run-in, 4th of 9, 10l behind Tarquinius (9-12) at Punchestown 2m 6f hcp chs 0-130 hvy.
Lascalahall (IRE) 3-1fav (10-8) Mid-division, hampered 4 out, good headway entering straight and went 2nd 2 out, led before last, soon strongly pressed and headed early run-in, no impression on winner and kept on one pace, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Saoirse Dun (9-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-109.
Amber Knight (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Towards rear, some headway into 8th 4 out, no impression in moderate 6th when fell last, in a race won by Molly's Boy (10-13) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 sft in Mar, 12 ran.
Another Flutter (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Prominent,, 2nd 3 out, ridden entering straight, soon no extra, 5th when slightly hampered and left 4th at last, 4th of 10, 11l behind Mr Goodenough (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Oct.
Bruach Na Mara (IRE) 22-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, 9th 6 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 6th of 13, well behind Snooze (11-9) at Cork 2m 5f beg chs sft.
Valley Of Thrushes (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway into 4th entering straight and led 2 out, soon strongly pressed and headed before last where nodded on landing, soon no extra and weakened run-in, 4th of 15, 24l behind Saoirse Dun (9-10) at Naas 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-109.
Baizically (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, 3rd halfway, pushed along and dropped to rear when hampered 4 out, moderate 6th 2 out, kept on under pressure to go 4th on line, 4th of 9, 21l behind Urban Gale (11-3) at Downpatrick 2m 2f hcp chs 0-102 sft.
Flying Windsor (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, fell 5 out, in a race won by Golden Sunbird (11-0) at Limerick 2m 3f beg chs sft in Nov '11, 13 ran.
The Shoe Doctor (IRE) 9-1 (9-10) Rear of mid-division, 7th 4 out, moderate 6th next, soon ridden, some progress into 4th when fell at last, in a race won by Mr Goodenough (11-9) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-116 sft in Oct, 10 ran.
Dont Tell De Purty 16-1 (9-11) Disputed lead for much, headed 3 out, dropped to 5th and kept on same pace from next, 5th of 13, 19l behind Kyle's Turn (11-7) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gs.
Code Dancer (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division best, weakened 4 out, 14th of 17, well behind Carries Darling (11-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Popaflora 12-1 (10-3) Soon towards rear, never a factor, 10th of 13, 33l behind Best Of Bocelli (11-3) at Thurles 2m 2f hcp chs 0-109.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Mid-division in pack, moderate 6th halfway, ridden into 4th and no impression 3 out, moderate 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 10, 18l behind Ballyfinboy (10-0) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109.
Chestnut Friar (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led, driven along after 3 out (usually 4 out) and soon headed, dropped to 4th before 2 out, no extra, 4th of 7, 39l behind Bundle Of Fun (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 7f beg chase sft in Sep.
Avralan (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, 10th 2 out, kept on under pressure run-in, 4th of 14, 13l behind High Talk (10-5) at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp chs 0-102 gd in May.
Robertstown Rover (IRE) 20-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, closer in 3rd after 3 out, bumped next, soon no impression under pressure, kept on same pace, 4th of 16, 11l behind Kilmurry Kid (10-12) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-95 sft in Oct.