Dual winning bumper The Winkler makes his hurdling debut but could have been found an easier opportunity, a remark that also applies to Yes Sir Brian, though the latter looks more likely to make his presence felt on his hurdling bow. Hurricane Sky appeared to be given plenty to do on his return to action at Limerick and will have come on a bundle while Lucky Bridle was badly impeded when odds on for his debut for Willie Mullins at Punchestown last month and his supporters will be looking for compensation. Winning point-to-pointer HORENDUS HULABALOO finished runner-up to Lots Of Memories in a Grade 3 at Cork on just his second start over timber with some fair performers behind and that should prove good enough form to take this.
Hurricane Sky (IRE) 11-4 (11-9) Held up early, mid-division in 9th halfway, pushed along in 6th after 3 out, ridden in 5th and no impression 2 out, stayed on in 3rd last, kept on run-in, 3rd of 14, 6l behind Pumbaa (11-8) at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl.
Lucky Bridle 4-6fav (11-8) Chased leader, badly hampered 1st and lost place, soon keen hold and chased leaders, 2nd before 4th, challenged entering straight, pushed along and soon no extra approaching last, tired and mistake last, 3rd of 15, 16l behind Empire Of Dirt (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Oct.
Shield (IRE) 25-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 10th 4 out, soon ridden, went moderate 6th 2 out, no extra, 6th of 19, 17l behind Moyle Park (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl.
The Winkler (IRE) 9-2 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 4th, closed up going well from 4f out, 2nd 3f out, led from 1f out, stayed on well and joined near finish, just prevailed on line, won at Galway 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Oct beating Like It A Lot (10-12) by ns, 10 ran.
Yes Sir Brian (IRE) 4-1 (11-10) Led, pressed early straight and headed over 1f out, no impression on winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 15, 3l behind Goldboy (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct.
Horendus Hulabaloo (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders in 3rd, slightly slow 6 out and soon 4th, pushed along before straight, left 3rd 3 out, ridden into moderate 2nd 2 out, no impression winner before last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Lots Of Memories (11-0) at Cork 3m nov hdl Grd 3 (1) sft.
I Need A Miracle (IRE) 100-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden in moderate 7th 2 out, no impression, 10th of 13, well behind Oscar's Passion (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl.
Jkt Prince (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Rear of mid-division, ridden in moderate 7th before straight, 6th 3 out, no extra before next, weakened, 11th of 15, well behind Top Man Michael (10-12) at Roscommon 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Aug '12.
Kylestyle (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, 8th approaching straight, soon no impression, kept on one pace, 5th of 14, 21l behind Valseur Lido (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
Macnicholson (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th approaching 3 out, no impression when badly hampered and unseated rider after 2 out, in a race won by Ange Balafre (11-9) at Gowran Park 2m 4yo nov hdl, 10 ran.
Redwood Boy (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 7th of 11, 40l behind Briar Hill (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Seven Acres (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Held up, 11th early, 10th approaching straight, soon no impression, 9th of 14, 34l behind Valseur Lido (11-7) at Cork 2m 4yo mdn hdl.
The Next Big Thing (IRE) 40-1 (11-7) Towards rear, ridden 3 out, moderate 7th next, no extra, 7th of 13, 29l behind Oscar's Passion (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl.
Walter Skyfall (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden and no extra over 2f out, 10th of 12, 20l behind Shaneshill (11-7) at Naas 2m 4yo nhf.
Cead Eitilt (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Waited with towards rear, dropped to last 5f out, weakened and eased from before straight, tailed off, last of 10, well behind The Winkler (11-3) at Galway 2m 4yo nhf hvy in Oct.
Regula (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Chased leader in moderate 5th, jumped right 3rd, pushed along after 4 out and no impression when left moderate 5th 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 33l behind Catimini (11-0) at Thurles 2m mares mdn hdl gd.
Rock's Field (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra 3f out, 10th of 14, 25l behind Romantic Fashion (11-4) at Limerick 2m mares n h flat sft.
Whatsdacraic (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along and no impression 3 out, moderate 9th before straight, kept on one pace, 7th of 14, 31l behind Pumbaa (11-8) at Limerick 2m cond mdn hdl.
Fossa Island (IRE) 100-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, well behind Briar Hill (11-12) at Wexford 2m 2f mdn hdl sft.
Nimdani (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, ridden and no extra approaching straight, weakened, 13th of 18, 38l behind Union Dues (11-12) at Galway 1m 4f am mdn stks sft in Jul (flat).
Killiney Court (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Chased leaders early, mid-division in 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 3 out, 7th of 15, 39l behind Empire Of Dirt (11-12) at Punchestown 2m mdn hdl in Oct.