Course regular FOLLOWMEUPTOCARLOW can supplement a recent C&D success on heavy ground despite an 8lb higher mark. His ability to stay the trip and handle testing conditions could prove paramount and this likable sort can fend off the attentions of hat-trick seeking Happy New Year. The latter has been kept very busy of late having found a rich vein of form and looks sure to go well despite his revised mark but is not handicapped to reverse placings with the selection on their running earlier this term. It's interesting to see Lookoutnow revert to hurdles after four chase outings this season as connections seek to exploit a 16lb lower rating over timber. A solid run is anticipated, with Lady Olwyn and Whatdreamsrmadeof also expected to feature in a competitive handicap.
Lady Olwyn (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 4th halfway, ridden in 8th 3 out, left 4th 2 out, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 4th of 13, 17l behind Followmeuptocarlow (10-10) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Alasty (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Waited with, closer in 8th before straight, 5th 3 out, no impression in 4th and kept on same pace from before last, 4th of 15, 14l behind Masked Phantom (11-10) at Cork 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 in Nov.
Followmeuptocarlow (IRE) 4-1fav (10-10) Mid-division, headway in 7th 3 out, 4th 2 out, travelled well to lead before last, ridden and kept on well from last, won at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov beating Happy New Year (9-6) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Paco Jack (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Prominent, ridden in 2nd entering straight, no impression, 9th of 19, 21l behind Misca Musca (10-11) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Fire Belt (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Mid-division early, progress to track leaders 4th, 3rd 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from next, 3rd of 15, 6l behind High Desert (10-11) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl sft in Nov.
Lookoutnow (IRE) 8-13fav (11-7) Tracked leader in 2nd, led from 5th, strongly pressed 2 out and joined briefly last, kept on best under pressure run-in, won at Downpatrick 2m 2f beg chs sft in Nov beating Vapiano (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Underdefloorboards (IRE) 8-1 (10-1) Prominent and tracked leader in 2nd, disputed briefly 8th, ridden and dropped to 3rd 2 out, no impression when mistake last, no extra, 5th of 10, 17l behind Happy New Year (9-3) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Nov.
Volkis O'blue (FR) 14-1 (10-7) Rear of mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden in 6th 3 out, no impression in 5th after 2 out, kept on same pace run-in to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Happy New Year (9-3) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Nov.
Cherryantor (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Towards rear, kept on same pace from after 3 out, 10th of 16, 32l behind Coole Avenue (11-2) at Galway 2m 6f hcp hdl 8Evens30 sft in Oct.
Happy New Year (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 8th, pushed along entering straight, kept on under pressure run-in, held on, won at Limerick 2m 5f am hcp hdle 80-95 hvy in Nov beating Sherika (10-12) by nk, 14 ran.
Tulachsarain (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 4 out, no extra and kept on same pace from before 2 out, 15th of 20, 50l behind Latin Connection (11-5) at Down Royal 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-102 gs in Nov.
Bobsthewizard (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) In touch early, lost place before halfway, 8th and progress after 3 out, moderate 6th 2 out, kept on, 4th of 15, 8l behind Rating Queen (10-12) at Thurles 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.
Corbally (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, some headway into 6th 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 7th of 11, well behind Minsk (11-7) at Punchestown 2m 4f 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Nov.
Afram Blue 14-1 (10-11) Rear of mid-division, ridden into moderate 9th 2 out, kept on one pace from before last, 6th of 20, 9l behind Blue Vic (10-12) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 gf in Jun.
Timaras Princess (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) 7th of 11, 44l behind Vic Chic (11-0) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Oct.