POWDER HOUND, winner of a Class 2 handicap at Chester for Andrew Balding in September, made a highly encouraging hurdles debut at Fairyhouse behind the potentially very useful Abbyssial, who like the third Windsor Queen won next time out. Noel Meade's charge can go one better though Rock The World has been coming up against some very smart novices in huge fields and won't go down without a battle. Todd is held by the selection on a line through Windsor Queen but Little Rocky produced a cracking effort behind the unbeaten Clondaw Court here last month and can also get involved in a race that should provide plenty of future winners.
Little Rocky 10-1 (11-12) Prominent and led 2nd, ridden and asserted briefly early straight, slight mistake last and soon challenged, kept on under pressure run-in, headed final strides,, 2nd of 6, hd behind Clondaw Court (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 2f mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Quickpick Vic (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Led, joined approaching 2 out, soon headed, dropped to moderate 3rd and no extra approaching last, kept on one pace, 3rd of 8, 20l behind Double Irish (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Rock The World (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, bumped 1st, 3rd approaching straight, challenged 2 out, 2nd before last, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 2nd of 30, 4l behind Sizing Tennessee (11-12) at Navan 2m mdn hdl in Dec.
Dandridge Doyen gelding out of Arantxa.
Jayo Time (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Towards rear, some progress approaching straight and moderate 8th before 2 out, kept on one pace,, 8th of 22, 45l behind Lieutenant Colonel (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m mdn hdl.
Royal Shot (IRE) King's Theatre gelding out of Sister Shot.
Sabroclair (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, slight mistake 4th, no extra approaching 2 out,, 14th of 17, 31l behind Western Boy (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Sir Abbot (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Twrds rr of mid div, 7th 1/2way, prog in 4th 5out & 2nd bef 3out, ld aftr 2out, row, won at Avaune 3m ire ptp gs in Dec beating Island Master (10-13) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Stuccodor (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Rear of mid-division, mistake 2nd, 11th halfway, progress entering straight and soon switched right, went 4th at last but ridden and no impression run-in,, 5th of 17, 7l behind Western Boy (11-7) at Leopardstown 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft in Dec.
Taglietelle 66-1 (8-0) Towards rear, headway 3f out, ridden inside final 2f, never near leaders, 16th of 33, 11l behind Scatter Dice (8-8) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct (flat).
Eric The Grey (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden in 5th 2 out, no impression on leaders entering straight, kept on same pace, 6th of 15, 30l behind Adriana Des Mottes (10-7) at Punchestown 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.
Hareth (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Soon mid-division, moderate 7th approaching 6 out, no impression and kept on same pace approaching straight, 7th of 14, 22l behind Wicklow Brave (11-10) at Cork 2m mdn hdl hvy.
Keep It Covered (IRE) Kris Kin gelding out of Parson's Lodge.
Powder Hound 7-4 (11-0) Soon prominent, mainly 2nd, jumped slightly left 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 2nd of 16, 8l behind Abbyssial (11-0) at Fairyhouse 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Dec.
The Plan Man (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden in 9th 3f out, no impression in 7th 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 19, 16l behind Qewy (9-5) at Navan 1m 2f mdn stks in Jun (flat).
Todd 8-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, closer order 4 out, 5th after 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before next,, 4th of 13, 12l behind Windsor Queen (10-7) at Limerick 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Dec.