Proud Times has much the best form of these over hurdles with his second over C&D last month giving him solid claims today. However, hurdling debutant MOUNTAIN HIKER is rated 11lb higher than the latter on the Flat and Donald McCain's charge is taken to make a make a winning start over timber. Stablemate Nowurhurlin has shown nothing so far and neither has Cavite Eta, while hurdling newcomers Christmas Carnival, Dynamic Drive and Ejteyaaz are all of similar ability on the level.
Cavite Eta (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) In rear, headway 5th, ridden 3 out, ran very wide bend into straight, soon beaten, 4th of 8, 38l behind Kings Lodge (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs.
Christmas Carnival 13-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 10, 22l behind Hot Rod Mamma (9-10) at Thirsk 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Sep (flat).
Dynamic Drive (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, 10th of 13, 14l behind Record Breaker (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Ejteyaaz 22-1 (8-4) Close up in 5th, chased leaders from 3f out, soon pushed along, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Trip The Light (9-3) at York 1m 4f app hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd in Oct (flat).
Friday Night Lad (IRE) 150-1 (10-7) In rear, struggling 5th, tailed off and mistake 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Gordonsville (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd, 13 ran.
Guess Again (IRE) 2-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden and headed over 2f out, no extra final furlong, 4th of 8, 5l behind Lombardy Boy (10-11) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Dec.
Highrate (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Super Duty (11-5) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs.
King Kalium (IRE) 200-1 (10-5) Held up behind, pushed along before 7th, soon weakened, 9th of 13, well behind Rowdy Rocher (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gd.
Mountain Hiker (IRE) 6-1 (9-2) Very reluctant to race, detached in rear, stayed on to modest 4th 2f out, 5th of 9, 8l behind Highland Castle (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 6f cond Stakes (2) gd in Sep (flat).
Nowurhurlin (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway and in touch 7th, chased leading pair after 4 out, outpaced next, soon no chance with leaders, lost 3rd and weakened approaching last, 4th of 12, 23l behind Weston Lodge (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Proud Times (USA) 2-1fav (11-0) Led, headed and not fluent 5th, pushed along before 3 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 13, 13l behind No Planning (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Sory 33-1 (9-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and some headway over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 13, 14l behind Vittachi (9-7) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Oct (flat).
Willtheresaway (IRE) Rakaposhi King gelding out of Don't Discount Her.