Irish Eyes: Whiskey galore
Our new Irish Eyes column previews Sunday's top class card from Thurles and passes on his weekend fancies.
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Whiskey And Red is the selection in the Molonoy Cup Handicap Chase. He has been in superb form since his return from a sumer break. A win in a handicap hurdle for Paul Roche was followed by three successive thirds over flights before he ran out a very easy winner of a handicap chase on his last start, at Thurles for current trainer Colin Bowe. Despite a couple of mistakes, he ultimately won by five lengths that day but the handicapper hasn't done him any favours, raising him by twelve pounds.
He was in receipt of 13 pounds from the second that day, Another Flutter, who re-opposes nine pounds better off. Nevertheless, one can't ignore the fact that Whiskey And Red is in superb form and he won't lack from anything in the saddle with champion jockey Davy Russell taking over from the in-form Bryan Cooper on this occasion. He should take plenty of beating.
That's The Dream and Playing are the two to concentrate on in the Novice handicap hurdle with preference falling to the former. Trained by Robert Tyner, That's The Dream saw nothing but mud and other horses' tails on his first three starts in maiden hurdles and was beaten an average of seventy three lengths on each start. When he was thrown in off 88 earlier this month on his first start in a handicap however, it was a completely different matter and he went down by a mere short head with War Of Words 19 lengths back in third.
War Of Words had previously run second to Playing (both runs were off ninety) hence the nod falls on That's The Dream, and the six pound rise by the handicapper is unlikely to prevent him from winning.