Patrick Mullins won't get too many more chances to break the amateur riders' record for the number of winners in a year so his presence on board ROCKYABOYA suggests the family mean business. The winner of a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick last September, he then scored over fences which is where his future lies but he's been found a weak handicap to get back on the winning trail. Misca Musca has some scope though he was a bit disappointing at Gowran last week. He's only 7lb higher than when winning comfortably over the C&D on heavy ground, however, so looks the main threat. Dirty Den hasn't run since landing a maiden at Wexford last July while Tom's Last Euro hasn't shown much for a long time and is still a maiden. Khan Tengri looks best of the remainder.
Rockyaboya (IRE) 2-1fav (11-9) Tracked leaders, moderate 5th 3 out, ridden and soon dropped to moderate 7th, no impression straight, 5th of 9, 26l behind Changing Times (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 8Evens16 hvy in Feb.
Chestnut Charlie (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent, jumped left 7th, on terms 4 out, no extra from before straight, 10th of 20, 23l behind Micks (10-8) at Gowran Park 3m hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Nov '11.
Misca Musca (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Tracked leader in 2nd, led 4 out, strongly pressed early straight and headed after 2 out, no impression in 4th before last, 4th of 10, 12l behind Treat Yourself (11-0) at Gowran Park 2m nov hcp hdl 80-116 sft.
Dirty Den (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Made most, ridden and joined from 2 out, rallied to regain lead run-in, kept on well, won at Wexford 2m mdn hdl gd in Jul '11 beating Irish Elk (10-13) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Khan Tengri (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Mid-division, 8th halfway, no threat from 3 out, 12th of 15, 33l behind Celestial Prospect (11-1) at Wexford 2m 2f cond hcp hdl (80-109) gd in Oct.
Martin Cash (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division, no extra from 4 out, weakened, 19th of 20, well behind Ros Brin (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Jan.
Luddsdenene (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Led, soon clear, jumped left 4 out, reduced lead from before 2 out, soon headed and no extra, 7th of 14, 21l behind Speed Dial (10-1) at Wexford 2m hcp hdl 80-109.
Quigleys Express (IRE) 28-1 (10-6) In rear, some progress from 3 out, ridden in moderate 8th next, kept on one paced, 7th of 19, 14l behind Misca Musca (10-11) at Navan 2m hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Nov.
Tornado King (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Prominent in chasing group, no extra after 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Moonlight Sapphire (11-5) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Jun.
Tom's Last Euro (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, moderate 9th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 10th of 18, 35l behind Doc Hollywood (11-4) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-95 in Nov.