Make It Better had a few runs over timber at the beginning of his career but has made incredible progress since being sent hunting, winning his last three point-to-points and a hunter chase by 17l in April. He's very well treated if transferring that progress to hurdles and has to be on the short-list. Mikey O'Connor also runs the lightly-raced Castle Ranger, who was improving when last seen at this time a year ago. Whiskey And Red had shown virtually nothing before landing a real touch at Downpatrick last month but the assessor has taken note and handed him an 8lb rise in the weights. Cool Oscar isn't the most consistent but was seen at his best when runner-up to Hidden Shamrock at Navan last time while the lightly-raced Robbie Kaydee ran his best race for a long time at Fairyhouse earlier this month. VIC CHIC sneaks in to the bottom of the handicap by virtue of a penalty for Monday's victory at Tipperary where she landed a gamble. That was only her second start in a handicap and with more to come she's well enough treated to complete a quick double.
Parthian Empire 25-1 (11-9) Always towards rear, completely tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Ballyadam Brook (11-12) at Killarney 2m 4f beg chs sft in Aug.
The Snuffler (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Mid-division on outer, 8th halfway, headway into 2nd 4 out, ridden and no extra entering straight, weakened, 8th of 21, 48l behind Highdownhill (11-12) at Punchestown 3m 1f am hcp ch 0-102 hvy.
Whiskey And Red (IRE) 9-2 (10-10) Waited with until good headway to track leaders 2 out, 2nd and challenged last, stayed on well run-in to get on top close home, won at Downpatrick 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-102 gd in Sep beating Baby's Hot (11-0) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Cool Oscar (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway into 7th after 5 out, 4th entering straight, 2nd 3 out, ridden and no impression leader before 2 out, mistake last, dropped to 3rd run-in, kept on again to 2nd close home, 2nd of 27, 2l behind Hidden Shamrock (11-2) at Navan 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-95 sft in Sep.
Robbie Kaydee (IRE) 16-1 (11-9) Waited with, closed up in 4th after 4 out, soon 3rd, 2nd before straight, 3rd again 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure from before last, 3rd of 16, 7l behind Underdefloorboards (11-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95.
Castle Ranger (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Mid-division, chased leaders from 5 out, closed to lead into straight, clear from 2 out until pressed around bypassed last, headed and kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 18, 1 1/4l behind Magdoodle (11-10) at Thurles 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Oct '11.
Harangue (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Prominent, 3rd halfway, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 18th of 20, well behind Sea Stallion (11-8) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gd.
High Class Show (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Mid-division, weakened 3 out, 11th of 16, 47l behind Dont Tell Pa (10-4) at Limerick 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-109 sft.
Make It Better (IRE) 9-10fav (11-9) Chased leaders, some slight mistakes, closer in 3rd after 4 out, challenged in 2nd next, led before 2 out, clear approaching last, stayed on well, easily, won at Cork 3m mares hunt chs gd in Apr '11 beating Mocklershill lass (11-2) by 17l, 12 ran.
Acclaimed Piper (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Soon towards rear, went moderate 8th after 3 out, soon no impression under pressure, kept on, 5th of 13, 14l behind Dont Tell Pa (10-12) at Tramore 2m hcp hdl 80-95 sft.
Black Zorro (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Prominent, dropped to 7th approaching 3 out, soon no extra, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind See Double You (11-4) at Limerick 3m hcp hdl 80-102 in May.
Forever Eva (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 3rd before 2 out, no extra in 4th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 29l behind Flying Light (11-12) at Galway 2m mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Preswell Lad (IRE) 5-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 3 out and no impression in 4th from next, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 13l behind Bangonform (10-11) at Tramore 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 sft.
Watt A Diva (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, no impression into straight, 12th of 18, 27l behind Cerveza Dinero (11-5) at Limerick 2m 6f Amateur Handicap Hurdle (80-109) (4yo+) gd in Jul.
Exit To Farney (IRE) 33-1 (10-4) Chased leader, 2nd halfway, ridden in 5th 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Busty Brown (11-4) at Roscommon 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy, 12 ran.
Native Wolf (IRE) 25-1 (10-8) Soon chased leaders, 8th 4 out, kept on same pace under pressure straight, 8th of 18, 12l behind Drumlister (10-6) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Sep.
Kizzy O (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Poor visibility in back straight, mid-division, closed to chase leaders 5 out, no extra from before 2 out, 11th of 16, 21l behind Mountain Heather (11-8) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-109 gf in Aug '11.
Lady Sunshine (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Soon mid-division, 11th approaching 3 out, no impression and kept on from next, 5th of 14, 26l behind Ballygill Gale (11-1) at Roscommon 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 hvy.
Macklycuddy (USA) 14-1 (10-3) Mid-division early, headway into 4th halfway, 2nd after 5 out, ridden in 4th after 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Western Promise (10-6) at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Sep, 17 ran.
Robbie McMahon (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace, 9th of 13, 21l behind Sheer Genius (11-5) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mdn hdl gd in Mar.
Vic Chic (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) won at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy beating Western Man (11-2) by 6l, 11 ran.