After a Bucko
3 a minute into the fourth pulled the Wildcats within 42-35, Punzalan swished his final trey from right of the hoop, putting the Hawks back up by 10 (45-35) with 6:34 to go.
However, he seemed to check into the bend and was only third as Buckos Dream led on the bend from Pat Guilfoyle's Good News.
Still not done, however, Clares Roc ket col la red t he fadi ng Buckos Dream in the straight but then came Good News flying up the middle to snatch a neck verdict in 29.
THE Red Mills Champion Open Unraced has thrown up some huge names over the years and the signs are that Buckos Dream could be an exceptional contender for this year's richestever renewal, with €10,000 on offer for the final at Kilkenny this evening.
Priceless Brandy, currently the 16-1 joint favourite with Clares Rocket for the Derby at Towcester, was a second-round casualty in last year's event, but Buckos Dream has reached the final unbeaten and has been quite imperious in his three outings.
Buckley said: "I think Buckos is a super pup but this is going to be a tough task and he'll have to make another flying start.
BUCKOS DREAM and Tullovin Kim have emerged as clear favourites for next Sunday's Red Mills Champion Open Unraced Stake at Kilkenny following Friday's semi-final session.
Buckos Dream is trained by Michael O'Donovan and the son of Superior Product justified odds of 4-7 as he raced to a convincing victory in the opening heat.
THE best was saved for last in the second round of the Red Mills Champion Unraced at Kilkenny on Friday, with the Michael O'Donovan-trained Buckos Dream posting 29.
VVDRAW for Friday's Red Mills semi-finals, first: 1 Karlow Joe, 2 Cinderella, 3 Happy Minstrel, 4 Fleeting Nicko, 5 Buckos Dream (m), 6 Razldazl Elvis (w).
6 Crinkill Touc Heat 4: 1 Javielenko, 2 Happy Minstrel, 3 Jazz Magic, 4 Razldazl Rokstar, Borna Crasher, 6 Buckos
A few names to look out for tonight include Droopys De Rossi, Karlow Scolar, Central Boss, Droopys Noah, Farloe Starsky, Buckos
Dream, Jazz Magic and Luminous Warrior.