Rockyaboya up in trip
in hat-trick attempt
ROCKYABOYA, trained by Willie Mullins for his son Patrick, is stepping up in distance at Fairyhouse as he bids for a hat-trick following wins over 2m4f at Punchestown and Navan.
The nine-year-old tackles 3m and 24 rivals in the www.fairyhouse.ie Handicap Hurdle.
"I don't think the trip will be a problem for him and he seems in good form, but the worry is that the handicapper might have him in his grasp," said Patrick Mullins.
Pride Of The Artic, who ran up a sequence of four wins over fences early in the season, heads the weights and is returning from a break for his first run over hurdles for a year.
Franchoek, a Grade 1 winner and twice successful at Grade 2 level for Alan King during the 2007-08 season, is fitted with cheekpieces following a run of moderate efforts. Once rated 155, he has dropped to 116 but has not won for over five years.
Knocklayde Vic, who joined Gordon Elliott last month, is making his first appearance since he won off a 7lb lower mark over 2m4f at this track in October 2011.
Those making their handicap debut include Caoimhe's Delight and Dangan Daylight, both of whom are one from two over hurdles.
Colm Murphy, who trains Dangan Daylight, said: "We're going to keep her a novice over fences until the new season and she could be well enough handicapped over hurdles, although this will be only her third run over them."
There is also jump racing in Britain at Exeter and Kempton, while Southwell hosts all-weather action.
Fairyhouse soft, yielding to soft in places over hurdles
Kempton good, good to soft in places on chase course, good to soft, good in places over hurdles