Torn Asunder, a winning point-to-pointer, has been progressing nicely over hurdles and won nicely over this trip at Down Royal. Carsonstown Bridge, who finished third, won on Wednesday so the form looks strong. Alasty looked ideally suited to heavy ground when runner-up to the in-form Happy New Year over the C&D last month and a 3lb rise looks manageable but Rockyaboya looked better when sent over fences and though well enough handicapped here that's where his future lies. PLAYING won a handicap at Clonmel on just his second start for Tom Foley and though beaten twice subsequently he's back over this trip and is given the vote.
Torn Asunder (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, headway into 4th early straight and led 2 out, asserted before last and kept on well run-in, won at Down Royal 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Dec beating Los Amigos (11-1) by 1 1/4l, 10 ran.
Chebona Bula 33-1 (10-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, last of 16, well behind Supreme Carolina (10-13) at Leopardstown 2m hdl sft in Dec.
Leggy Lad (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Prominent, 5th 3 out, 6th under pressure 2 out, soon no extra, 7th of 23, 22l behind Shariyan (10-11) at Leopardstown 2m 2f hcp hdl 80-116 sft in Dec.
Alasty (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Mid-division, 7th 5 out, 5th and progress next, 4th 2 out, kept on to go moderate 2nd from last, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Happy New Year (10-5) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-109 hvy in Dec.
Katys Girl (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Chased leaders early, mid-division in 10th halfway, headway into 5th 3 out, soon ridden and no extra, 14th of 18, well behind Bog Warrior (11-12) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp hdl 8Evens23 sft in Dec.
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.
Playing (FR) 9-2 (10-10) Led, ridden and strongly pressed entering straight, headed 2 out, soon no impression, 4th of 9, 15l behind Wise Oscar (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy.
Paco Jack (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never a factor, kept on one pace from 2 out, 8th of 14, 23l behind Canaly (11-6) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Dec.
Stabilo (GER) 16-1 (9-7) Soon chased leaders, no extra from before straight, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Fahamore (11-9) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 80-116 hvy in Dec, 11 ran.