JUST A PAR was second to smart stayer At Fisher's Cross in the Sefton Hurdle at Aintree in April. He will have had plenty of schooling ahead of his chasing bow and could turn out to be one of this season's best novices if taking to the larger obstacles. Arthurian Legend has experience on his side and was second over course and distance on heavy ground in January. Boyfromnowhere will have learned plenty from his third at Bangor but Rev It Up hasn't raced for a year and Shotgun Paddy, second in a Grade 2 hurdle at Haydock in February, may be a better long-term prospect.
Arthurian Legend 6-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, jumped left 3rd, hampered next, not fluent 6th, jumped left 8th, weakened before 9th, tailed off 11th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Politeo (10-8) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Jan, 8 ran.
Boyfromnowhere (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Led until after 3rd, remained prominent, led again 3 out, headed after next, weakened last, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Dursey Sound (10-12) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs.
Just A Par (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Held up, not fluent and pushed along 4 out, headway 3 out, stayed on to take 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 8l behind At Fishers Cross (11-4) at Aintree 3m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gs in Apr.
Rev It Up (IRE) 10-3 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 13th, chased winner 5 out, stayed on same pace from next, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Masters Hill (11-4) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (4) gs in Oct '12.
Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 2-1 (11-4) Tracked leader,pushed along before 3 out, one pace before last, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Two Rockers (11-8) at Haydock 3m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Feb.