QUICKPICK VIC missed a winning opportunity through bad weather at the weekend but should make amends. He was beaten 11 length when runner-up to Owen Mc on his racecourse debut at Fairyhouse last month but the winner has scored in better company subsequently so the form looks strong. Bridies Boy easily won between the flags at Athlacca in May and looks a nice type for jumping but the main threat should come from Theatre Mill, who travelled well for much of the way on his debut at Navan in September and will have benefited greatly from the experience.
Clay Boy (IRE) 8-1 (12-0) Alw twrds rr, mstk 6th & 8th 6out, wknd up bef 5out & to last when pu bef 4out, in a race won by Nancys Call (12-0) at Lisronagh 3m ire ptp gd in May, 12 ran.
Quickpick Vic (IRE) 2-1fav (12-0) Took keen hold and tracked leaders, headway to lead briefly under 2f out, soon ridden and headed, kept on same pace without threatening easy winner, 2nd of 6, 11l behind Owen Mc (11-11) at Fairyhouse 2m N H flat sft in Nov.
Bridies Boy (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Ld/disp, ld from 6th, chall 2out where lft 2l clr, rddn when mstk last, so best, won at Athlacca 3m ire ptp in May beating Quick Decisson (11-7) by 5l, 13 ran.
Pumbaa (IRE) 5-4 (11-7) Ww in rr, hmprd 3out gd prog to chall aftr 2out, v b mstk last, ko best, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Bishopslough (10-11) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp sft in Nov.
Rebel Again (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Mid-division best, no extra before straight, 17th of 24, 44l behind Starkie (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Theatre Mill (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Mid-division, 8th 3f out, ridden into 6th 2f out, 5th and no impression 1f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 17, 22l behind Celerity Rules (11-7) at Navan 2m N H flat sft in Sep.
Katelyn's Way (IRE) Cloudings filly out of Queen High Blue.
Sarahs Joy (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Mid-division and saddle slipped early, rear and trailing halfway, completely tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Bell Weir (11-4) at Cork 2m N H flat sft.