ROCKYABOYA missed most of 2012 but is making up for lost time this year. Declan Lavery negates a large chunk of a further 9lb rise after wins at Punchestown and Navan last time and Willie Mullins' charge looks the one to beat. Pride Of The Artic has floundered in Grade 1 novice chase company of late but reverts to hurdling off a 20lb lower mark, but Dactik is 10lb higher than February's win over a shorter trip here. Caoimhe's Delight will need to step up on her maiden hurdle win at Limerick but Dangan Daylight has decent claims back over timber after her latest third over fences in a Grade 3 novice event. Good Fella and Status Update will both need to improve on their recent placed efforts to figure.
Pride Of the Artic (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Led, driven along 4 out, strongly pressed 2 out and headed entering straight, soon weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by Back In Focus (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m nov chs Grade 1 (4yo+) (1) sft in Dec, 12 ran.
Rockyaboya (IRE) 6-1fav (11-7) Always prominent, led before 3 out, ridden from next, stayed on well from last, won at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Mar beating Brian Who (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 19 ran.
Franchoek (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Rear of mid-division, ridden approaching 4 out and trailing before next, 16th of 17, well behind Brian Who (9-7) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-140.
Dactik (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Always in rear, no impression from 4 out, behind straight, 15th of 19, 36l behind Dressedtothenines (11-7) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 sft in Mar.
Dangan Daylight (IRE) 11-4fav (10-11) Chased leaders, off the pace, slight mistakes 1st and 4th, closer order from before 3 out, challenged straight, no impression and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Charlie's Vic (10-11) at Limerick 2m 6f Mares Novice Chase (Grade 3) (5yo+) (1) hvy in Mar.
Caoimhe's Delight (IRE) Evensfav (11-0) Tracked leaders, 2nd after 3 out, led before 2 out, clear approaching last, stayed on well, won at Limerick 2m 2f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Casablanca Lily (11-4) by 8l, 14 ran.
Stony Grey Soil (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Chased leaders in 5th, no extra after 4 out and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Viaduct Joey (11-0) at Clonmel 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-123 in Feb, 9 ran.
Tepalo (FR) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders on inner, 7th halfway, ridden and dropped to rear 5 out, behind when pulled up after next, in a race won by Happy New Year (9-3) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Nov, 10 ran.
Good Fella (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, close 3rd 3 out, ridden to lead before next, headed before last, slightly hampered at last, kept on well run-in, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Sword Fish (9-11) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135.
Los Amigos (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 8th 3 out, no impression before next, 9th of 17, 39l behind Foxrock (11-10) at Naas 3m mdn hdl sft in Mar.
Bangonform (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Mainly mid-division, ridden in 9th and no impression before straight, moderate 6th 2 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 12, 17l behind Acapulco (10-11) at Cork 3m hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
Irish Soul (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Soon mid-division, under pressure circuit to go, kept on without threatening straight, 6th of 14, 26l behind Byerley Babe (11-0) at Cork 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 in Mar.
Lascalahall (IRE) 11-2 (11-6) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden in 6th and no impression after 4 out, weakened and pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Letterlee Star (10-2) at Thurles 2m 5f hcp chs 0-102 hvy in Feb, 15 ran.
Miss Xian (IRE) 11-1 (10-6) Prominent, 4th 4 out, ridden from next, weakened, 13th of 20, well behind Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar.
Royal Sam (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Fell 1st, in a race won by Solstice Knight (10-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-123, 12 ran.
Davyroy (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders in 5th and raced keenly, dropped to 6th 4 out and ridden after next, no threat from 2 out, 6th of 7, 19l behind Khan Tengri (10-6) at Downpatrick 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 80-109 gd in Mar.
Followmeuptocarlow (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 3rd 3 out, soon ridden, no extra before last, 5th of 19, 9l behind Rockyaboya (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Mar.
Florimund 11-2 (11-3) Waited with, progress after 5 out, 4th 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 18, 8l behind Hazariban (10-4) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109.
Troubled (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, ridden 4 out, soon weakened quickly, last of 19, well behind Rockyaboya (11-7) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Mar.
Knocklayde Vic (IRE) 13-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, improved to lead before 2 out, ridden and kept on well from before last, won at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 gd in Oct '11 beating Utrillo's Art (10-6) by 4 1/2l, 16 ran.
Tukawhile (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Prominent, in front approaching 6 out, headed after 3 out, dropped to 3rd and no extra approaching last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 17, 11l behind Malt Gem (11-4) at Cork 3m Amateur Maiden Hurdle (5yo+).
Another Challenge (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Rear of mid-division, no danger approaching straight, kept on, 8th of 22, 27l behind Irish Thistle (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl hvy in Feb.
Jamies Benefit (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Keen hold towards rear, hampered 7th, soon progress, struggling from 5 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Maccas Lad (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Feb, 13 ran.
Status Update (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Waited with towards rear, hampered 7th, progress from 5 out, moderate 3rd into straight, closed travelling well and led approaching last, soon strongly pressed, not match winner and headed closing stages, 2nd of 13, nk behind Maccas Lad (10-13) at Fairyhouse 2m 7f hcp hdl 80-109 sft in Feb.
Vincent Row (IRE) 20-1 (9-3) In rear, some progress from 3 out, kept on one paced, 10th of 20, 20l behind Call Rog (10-13) at Fairyhouse 3m nov hcp hdl sft in Mar.