Eight Is My Number was a very long way behind Blenheim Brook in a hurdle race at Perth last April but that was nowhere near his form as he started a very short-price. He ran quite well on his chasing debut at Down Royal in November but it's difficult to se him reversing the form with the winner, who has been going well over fences. However, he was beaten a couple of lengths by LIE FORRIT over a slightly shorter trip at Kelso in December and though the winner has been beaten subsequently he made a bad mistake when challenging and can gain compensation.
Blenheim Brook (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner from 10th, no impression, 2nd of 4, 7l behind Yes Tom (11-0) at Ayr 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Jan.
Lie Forrit (IRE) 5-6fav (11-9) Tracked leader, blundered 3 out, driven after next, soon outpaced, rallied after last, went 2nd close home, no chance with winner, 2nd of 3, 2l behind Bold Sir Brian (11-9) at Kelso 2m 6f nov chs (4) sft in Dec.
Eight Is My Number 7-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, 6th halfway, slight mistake 4 out, headway early straight, ridden in 4th 2 out, soon no impression and no extra when mistake last, 4th of 15, 14l behind Four Commanders (11-11) at Down Royal 2m 4f beg chs sft in Nov.