Nowurhurlin (third at Haydock yesterday) got off the mark over C&D last month and should make a bold bid to defy his penalty. Donald McCain also saddles Smart Act, who hinted at ability in a Bangor bumper, while Diamond D'amour has shown enough to suggest he'll be winning soon. HAIL TIBERIUS gets the nod, however, as he ran his best races on the Flat when there was plenty of give in the ground and showed promise on his hurdling debut at Newcastle despite pulling too hard. Providing he settles better here, he should take all the beating.
Nowurhurlin (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, led 3 out, joined last, driven and stayed on gamely flat, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Guess Again (10-12) by 1l, 13 ran.
Diamond D'amour (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Led, headed when hit 2 out, ridden before last, weakened and lost 2nd place final 100 yards, 3rd of 12, 11l behind Malt Master (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) gs in Nov.
Fantastic Storm 50-1 (8-6) Raced keenly, tracked leader, ridden and lost place over 3f out, kept on same pace, weakened 1f out, last of 5, 10l behind Native Colony (8-13) at Yarmouth 1m 6f mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug (flat).
Great Wisdom (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Mid-division on inner, stumbled halfway, no extra entering straight, 13th of 14, 9l behind Prospectorous (9-9) at Dundalk 1m 4f app hcp pol in Sep '10 (flat).
Hail Tiberius 11-1 (10-12) Keen, held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, weakened before last, 7th of 15, 16l behind Kent Street (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Papillon Parc 100-1 (10-7) Chased leaders over 9f, tailed off, 12th of 14, 43l behind Population (11-2) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Smart Act (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) In touch on inside, headway to lead over 4f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, lost place and no chance with leaders from over 1f, 5th of 16, 14l behind Jigsaw Puzzle (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nhf (6) gs in Nov.
Flaming Clint 100-1 (10-10) Mid-division, lost place 4 out, soon behind and pulled up, in a race won by Micro Mission (10-5) at Kelso 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) sft, 10 ran.
Twin Edge 200-1 (10-10) Towards rear, jumped slow 11th, never dangerous, 10th of 12, well behind Bonnie Baloo (10-10) at Catterick 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.