Tom Foley stated that Followmeuptocarlow was off on his holidays after he won a beginners' chase in style at Tipperary on Thursday so if he does turn up here then he has to be greatly respected. MALLOWNEY had just over two lengths to spare over Art Of Logistics in a handicap at the Festival here. He's 3lb worse off but looked to have a bit in hand and should confirm the form and take this. Protaras has won twice over fences but is mainly inconsistent, though a recent run on the Flat should have put him straight and he can never be ruled out. Absolutlyfantastic hasn't had much experience over fences but has shown ability and should be winning again soon off this mark.
Mallowney (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, closer order to chase leaders 5 out, progress on inner when impeded 3 out, challenged and led next, stayed on well run-in, won at Punchestown 2m hcp chs beating Art Of Logistics (11-1) by 2 1/2l, 16 ran.
Art Of Logistics (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Soon chased leaders, closer order in 4th 5 out, 3rd 3 out, challenged and almost on terms next, no impression and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 16, 2 1/2l behind Mallowney (11-4) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs.
Followmeuptocarlow (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Mid-division early, chased leaders from 4th, 4th halfway, progress in 2nd approaching 2 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on to lead before last, kept on well, won at Tipperary 2m 4f beg chase beating Clonbanan Lad (11-12) by 6l, 12 ran.
Protaras (USA) 16-1 (10-13) Always rear, not fluent 2nd and slow next, soon detached and pulled up before 6th,, in a race won by King Vuvuzela (10-0) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp chs sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Toostrong (FR) 12-1 (10-4) Held up, 10th early, no impression 3 out, no extra next, tailed off, 8th of 16, well behind Mallowney (11-4) at Punchestown 2m hcp chs.
Absolutlyfantastic 20-1 (10-5) Tracked leader in 2nd, slightly hampered approaching 2 out, bad mistake 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 16th of 18, well behind Cool Macavity (10-7) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl gd in Apr.
Boxer Beat (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, 4th approaching 5 out, no extra from 3 out, weakened, 15th of 22, well behind Usuel Smurfer (11-2) at Fairyhouse 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 in Apr.
Mahrajaan (USA) 20-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, 14th before 3 out, no impression and kept on same pace from before straight, 8th of 25, 20l behind Macnicholson (11-11) at Punchestown 2m hcp hdl 88-123.