A Tale Of Intrigue was second over course and distance in October but recent runs have been over further and he looks a stayer in the making. BENZANNO and Dubawi Island were both decent performers on the Flat. The former had the better Turf form and a higher rating so is taken to make a winning start over timber in a largely uncompetitive maiden hurdle in which those with experience already look exposed. Chepstow fifth El Macca may be the best of them.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 7th, every chance 3 out, hampered soon after, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 21l behind Knockanrawley (10-5) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov.
Benzanno (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon led, headed over 1f out, faded, 9th of 13, 9l behind Seussical (9-0) at York 1m 2f (2) gd in Oct (flat).
Dubawi Island (FR) 15-8fav (9-11) Led until over 6f out, led again 4f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner until 1f out, soon edged right, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Lowther (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr (flat).
Echo Foxtrot 200-1 (10-7) Mid-division, mistake 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind No Such Number (10-11) at Southwell 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
El Macca (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Held up mid-division and keen, headway after 4 out, one pace in 5th when blundered last, soon eased, 5th of 11, 19l behind Jean De Florette (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Jawahal Du Mathan (FR) 100-1 (10-9) Mid-division, driven to chase leaders before 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened next, 8th of 11, 41l behind Great Link (11-3) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd.
One For Hocky (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 13th of 17, well behind Pine Creek (11-5) at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Solstice Son 66-1 (10-9) Always behind, 14th of 16, 38l behind Wadswick Court (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Torgamah Lad (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, ridden 3 out, never a factor, 11th of 15, well behind Masquerade (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs.
Secret Island 100-1 (10-7) Always behind, struggling 6th, lost touch and pulled up before next, in a race won by Red Sherlock (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd, 12 ran.
Wymeswold 50-1 (10-9) Led, wandered into 1st, headed 6th, weakening when not fluent 3 out, 10th of 15, well behind Legacy Gold (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.