Hillview Boy was placed three times on the Flat last year but looks a bit long in the tooth to start a new career over hurdles. Imjoeking should go close having started favourite when second on his hurdling debut at Carlisle in November while AP McCoy partners Irish raider Shanroe Secret on his debut under Rules, though he had trouble with the fences in point-to-points. HALO MOON won a Towcester bumper by nine lengths on his racecourse debut. Well-bred, he may need further than 2m in time but should still have enough to land this.
A Southside Boy (GER) 50-1 (10-9) Raced wide towards rear, hampered 1st, went left 5th, well beaten when blundered 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Blackwater King (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Bernardelli (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, just in touch when not fluent 6th, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Buthelezi (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Halo Moon 9-4 (11-0) Held up mid-division, went 2nd about 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon clear, won at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec beating High Ville (11-0) by 9l, 9 ran.
Hillview Boy (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Held up behind, effort over 3f out, no impression, 12th of 19, 25l behind Sitting Tennant (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f nat hunt flat Grade 2 (1) gs in Apr '09.
Imjoeking (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, chased winner from 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Morning Royalty (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Jovial (IRE) 80-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, never dangerous, last of 14, well behind Waltz Darling (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
One In A Row (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 8th of 11, well behind Morning Royalty (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Our Joey (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear in touch, struggling 4 out, never on terms, 7th of 9, 46l behind Coneygree (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (1) sft in Nov.
Shanroe Secret (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div, rdn in ok 5th & fell 3out, in a race won by Lecale Lad (11-4) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec, 17 ran.
Trouble In Paris (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, lost place over 4f out, soon behind, 9th of 10, well behind Baltimoar (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.