Sonic Beat looked ready to gain his first-ever victory after a cracking effort at Tramore earlier this month and started favourite at Punchestown a week later but fell. He's well enough handicapped and looks a threat if completing the course. Tico came closest to scoring over fences when runner-up over 2m4f here earlier this month though a 3lb rise won't help, but winning point-to-pointer Caddy Man should be finding a race soon and he's run well here in the past. WESTERN STAR has only had three runs this year and looked to be approaching his peak when a good third to Whosaidso at Sligo, form that could be good enough for this.
Tico (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Mid-division, headway into 4th 3 out, pushed along into 2nd entering straight, ridden 2 out, no impression winner from last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Old Supporter (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109.
Montana Slim (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders on outer, ridden in moderate 7th 5 out, soon weakened and pulled up before next, in a race won by Pineau De Re (11-7) at Downpatrick 3m 4f hcp chs 0-135 gd in Apr, 15 ran.
Betterthanalright (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden and no impression 3 out, kept on one pace, 7th of 11, 22l behind Old Supporter (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109.
Caddy Man (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, led 5th and soon few lengths clear, reduced advantage 3 out, ridden and challenged before 2 out, headed 2 out, no extra in 2nd before last, kept on same pace, pressed for 2nd close home, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Coldstonesober (11-12) at Tramore 2m 6f beg chs gd.
Thelobstercatcher 10-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, carried wide on bend after 6 out, ridden in 6th 3 out, soon no impression, 6th of 14, 19l behind Whosaidso (11-8) at Sligo 3m hcp chs 0-109 hvy.
Molly's Boy 9-2fav (10-7) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, 2nd when fell 7 out, in a race won by Caduceus (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123 gs in Apr '12, 20 ran.
Naughty Molly (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Led, mistake 1st, slow and headed 2nd, led again from 5th and 10 lengths clear soon after halfway, reduced advantage approaching 3 out, ridden entering straight and kept on well from before last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 5f beg chs gf beating Kalico Kim (11-7) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Stabilo (GER) 9-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, dropped to 7th 5 out, pushed along in 6th after 3 out, kept on one pace straight, 6th of 10, 11l behind Sox's Girl (11-5) at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chs gd.
A Decent Excuse (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, some headway in 9th when blundered 4 out, soon no extra and behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Too Late To Sell (10-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-102 gd, 16 ran.
Happy New Year (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) Prominent, led 4th, headed from next, 4th approaching 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 8th of 20, 15l behind Call Me Bubbles (10-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl sft in Aug.
Goodoldhonkytonk (IRE) 7-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, ridden 3 out, no impression in moderate 8th entering straight, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 14l behind Old Supporter (10-7) at Clonmel 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109.
What A Island (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, moderate 7th after 7th, plenty to do when hampered 4 out, no extra and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by One Fine Morning (10-3) at Limerick 2m 6f hcp chs 0-116 gd, 9 ran.
Dark Vagabond (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, dropped to 7th and ridden 4 out, soon no extra and weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Darroun (11-10) at Tipperary 2m 7f beg chs gd.
Western Star (IRE) 7-1 (10-5) Towards rear, headway from 8th, 7th next, 5th 4 out, soon ridden, went moderate 4th after 2 out, kept on run-in to go 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Whosaidso (11-8) at Sligo 3m hcp chs 0-109 hvy.
Barnanely Beau (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Rear of mid-division, progress from 5 out, 6th after next, soon ridden and no impression, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hillman (10-2) at Navan 2m 4f hcp chs 0-109 hvy in Mar, 12 ran.
Sonic Beat (IRE) 13-2fav (10-8) Always towards rear and fell 7 out, in a race won by Too Late To Sell (10-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-102 gd, 16 ran.
Baily Dusk (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Mid-division and 8th halfway, pushed along and no threat from 4 out, 8th of 16, 45l behind Too Late To Sell (10-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-102 gd.
Code Dancer (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Soon off the pace in mid-division, struggling 7 out, soon no danger, 8th of 18, well behind Shantalla (10-11) at Listowel 3m hcp chs 0-102 in Sep.
Blue Dynasty (USA) 7-1 (9-13) Always rear, trailing halfway and behind when pulled up before 7 out, in a race won by Too Late To Sell (10-11) at Punchestown 3m 1f hcp chs 0-102 gd, 16 ran.