Tom Foley has worked wonders with PLAYING, who arrived from France with a big reputation back in 2008 but has had all sorts of problems. He was having his first start since last June when strolling clear of his rivals at Clonmel earlier this month and though 9lb higher Shane Butler's claim can see him gain a quick double. Courtncatcher hasn't won yet but may have been unlucky at Punchestown last time as he was travelling well when falling at the second last. He has to be on the short-list along with Thats The Dream, a winning point-to-pointer who made a very promising handicap debut at Cork when beaten by the narrowest of margins by Tipped Up Harry. Supreme Bob is still a maiden but looks as though the step up in trip will aid his cause.
Present Potential (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, moderate 7th entering straight, no extra, 9th of 12, 48l behind Make A Track (11-12) at Thurles 2m 6f beg chs hvy in Nov.
Supreme Bob (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Waited with, moderate 10th at 6th, kept on same pace from 3 out, 6th of 14, 17l behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Playing (FR) 7-2fav (11-11) Settled in mid-division, 5th halfway, good headway approaching straight and led before 2 out, soon asserted, not fluent last but kept on well run-in, won at Clonmel 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 80-95 beating War Of Words (11-7) by 5l, 8 ran.
Courtncatcher (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway into 6th 3 out, pushed along in 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Followmeuptocarlow (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov, 13 ran.
Brian Who (IRE) 6-1 (10-2) Chased leaders early, dropped to mid-division halfway, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 7th of 18, 30l behind Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft.
Peace In The West (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway into 6th entering straight but no extra from 2 out, 6th of 12, 30l behind Dante Anna (10-12) at Gowran Park 3m mdn hdl sft.
Unoccupied 33-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace in straight, 10th of 15, 28l behind Ros Brin (11-2) at Clonmel 2m beg chs.
Thats The Dream (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, 8th halfway, headway into 3rd before straight, ridden to challenge 2 out and mistake, pressed leader from last, just held, 2nd of 20, shd behind Tipped Up Harry (11-5) at Cork 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
All Honours (IRE) 25-1 (9-12) Landed awkwardly 1st, always towards rear, 9th of 14, 30l behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Crannagh (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) In rear, moderate 6th and no impression approaching straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 7, 30l behind Tennis Cap (11-12) at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Missie Ella (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, no extra from 3 out, 10th of 12, 30l behind Treat Yourself (11-2) at Gowran Park 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Nov.