held up, close 7th after 2nd, slight mistakes 3rd and 4th, soon towards rear, 8th approaching straight, chased leaders 2 out, on terms before last where not fluent, ridden out and stayed on well run-in
Rolling Rocket won here in November and followed up from 6lb higher at Fairyhouse. He couldn't handle another 5lb rise back here last month and may be in the handicapper's grip. Peoples Park followed a close second at Punchestown with a poor run at Fairyhouse though stepping up in trip didn't appear to suit. TREAT YOURSELF has only won once over fences in 18 starts and that was from a lower mark than this two years ago. However, he's been racing in better company and his placed effort behind Nearly Nama'd at Fairyhouse in November would be good enough for this so he gets the nod. He had Leap Dearg a long way behind that day but the latter did run much better in a tough handicap at Limerick in December.
Leap Dearg (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) In rear, progress 4 out, 4th approaching straight, moderate 3rd 2 out, dropped to 4th and kept on same pace from last, 4th of 11, 10 1/2l behind Pairofbrowneyes (10-6) at Limerick 2m 4f hcp hvy in Dec.
Malt Gem (IRE) 16-1 (9-11) Always towards rear, never a factor, 16th halfway, mistake 11th, no impression approaching straight, behind and refused last, at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp hvy in Jan.
Peoples Park (IRE) 11-4fav (11-3) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, 3rd at 2nd, pushed along from 4 out and lost place, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hvy in Jan.
Rogue Trader (IRE) 5-1jfav (11-10) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, pushed along briefly after 3rd, behind from next, jumped left 6th, soon pulled up, at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp sft in Jan.
Treat Yourself (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Mid-division early, 6th halfway, ridden in 5th after 2 out, kept on same pace from before last, no extra run-in, 6th of 15, 7 1/2l behind The Mooch (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp sft in Jan.
Unzing (FR) 7-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, fell 8th, at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp sft in Jan.
Illtakeitfromhere (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression 4 out, soon no extra and weakened, 10th of 15, 36 1/2l behind The Mooch (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp sft in Jan.
Marvellous Moment (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Soon settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden in 4th approaching 4 out where hampered, no impression in moderate 3rd next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 9, 36 3/4l behind Westerners Son (11-3) at Thurles 2m hvy in Jan.
Churchfield Champ (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division, slight mistake 5th, ridden in 10th 2 out, no impression entering straight, kept on one pace, 9th of 15, 12 1/2l behind The Mooch (10-10) at Leopardstown 2m 1f hcp sft in Jan.
Rolling Rocket (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Mid-division, closed up to be prominent before straight, soon on terms, headed between last 2 and dropped to 3rd at last, no extra, 4th of 13, 17 1/2l behind Eiri Na Casca (10-1) at Naas 2m hcp Soft - Heavy in Jan.
Acapulco Gold (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Towards rear for most, ridden and no impression after 3 out, 9th of 12, dist behind Bearly Legal (11-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp sft in Jan.
My Hometown (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 3rd, 7th halfway, pushed along and no extra in 8th after 2 out, weakened, 8th of 9, dist behind Zabana (11-12) at Leopardstown 2m 3f hvy in Dec.