CLONDAW COURT looks nailed on to get what should be another red letter day for Willie Mullins off to a successful start. A very easy winner between the flags on his debut, he was purchased for £130,000 before landing a Punchestown bumper by 27 lengths last November and looks yet another exciting prospect for the yard. Little Rocky was beaten a long way on his hurdling debut for Dessie Hughes but that was his first start for over a year and, as a three-times winner on the Flat for David Simcock, he can improve for the experience. Sizing Granite could prove a threat as he was travelling easily when unseating his rider on his point-to-point debut in May of last year after which he went for 68,000 euros at the sales. Dromnea ran a fine race behind the classy The Tullow Tank at Naas before finishing runner-up to the odds-on Rathvinden at Cork so he should get into the frame.
Ash Rowe (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Well off pace towards rear for much, never a factor, 11th of 16, well behind Home Farm (11-4) at Thurles 2m 2f in Nov '12.
Clondaw Court (IRE) 2-5fav (12-0) Held up early, 3rd after 6f, improved to lead 3f out, eased clear from 2f out, impressive, won at Punchestown 2m N H flat hvy in Nov '12 beating De Glebe Star (11-7) by 27l, 6 ran.
Dromnea (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Led, not fluent 4 out, headed next, no impression approaching last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 24, 11l behind Rathvinden (11-12) at Cork 2m mdn hdl sft.
Little Rocky 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, jumped left at 2nd and 4th, 7th 4 out, soon ridden, weakened straight, 13th of 25, 27l behind Upazo (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 2f mdn hdl in Nov.
Master Frankie (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden and no extra before 3 out, 12th of 17, 47l behind Apache Jack (11-12) at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl.
Sizing Granite (IRE) 11-4 (11-7) Chsd ldrs, 5th running free aftr a mile, went 2nd aftr 5out & chall wnr with ev ch when mstk & ur 2out, in a race won by Bridies Boy (11-7) at Athlacca 3m ire ptp in May '12, 13 ran.