COCKTAILS AT DAWN won in a canter at Kempton six days ago and a penalty is unlikely to prevent a follow-up for Nicky Henderson's lightly-raced novice who was thought good enough to take his chance in the Neptune Investment Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham last month. Shammick Boy won off a higher mark at Chepstow in the autumn but lacks the scope of the selection, as does Radmores Revenge. Lava Lamp is potentially well treated but has been out of sorts but the four-year-old Refer could make the frame as he's returned from his winter break in good form.
Shammick Boy (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Raced wide, chased leaders, pushed along after 5th, weakened 7th, 7th of 9, 20l behind Dunraven Storm (11-10) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd.
Cocktails At Dawn 5-4fav (11-1) Held up in touch, went 2nd 5th, challenged travelling strongly 7th, led 3 out, very easily, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd beating Kilmurvy (11-7) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Radmores Revenge 20-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, steady headway into mid-division before 4 out, chased leaders next, stayed on under pressure into 2nd before last, kept on run-in, always just held, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Ossie's Dancer (11-4) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Fear Glic (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, led 2nd, headed before 2 out, went 4th before last, one pace and no impression, 4th of 7, 8l behind Smalib Monterg (11-4) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in May.
Red Admirable (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden normal 3 out, one pace and no impression before omitted last, 4th of 14, 17l behind Leviathan (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Lava Lamp (GER) 20-1 (10-12) Always in rear, lost touch 7th, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Double Double (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy.
Refer 10-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, challenged 2 out, led before last, soon headed, stayed on, no impression on winner towards finish, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Franciscan (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp (3) gd.