French import PIROULET returned from a lengthy absence with a promising fourth at Ludlow on his hurdling debut. That form looks solid with the runner-up having subsequently won and Philip Hobbs' charge gets the vote to open his account. Well beaten on his hurdling bow last March, Bermuda Boy has since had a breathing operation and shaped much better in a bumper at Kempton last month. He will be thereabouts at the finish while Barrie Burn could prove the best of Jonjo O'Neill's four runners.
Barrie Burn (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, steady headway after 6th, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 22l behind Silver Gypsy (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Bermuda Boy (FR) 4-1 (11-0) Mid-division, lost place over 2f out, soon switched left, headway over 1f out, kept on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Giorgio Quercus (11-0) at Kempton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4yo+) (AWT) (4) std in Dec.
Cluain Alainn (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, mistake 1st, mistake and reminder 5th, well behind approaching 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Silver Gypsy (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Fight Club (GER) 100-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway to 4th before 2 out, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 16, 38l behind Act Of Kalanisi (11-0) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Gentle Bob (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Towards rear, never dangerous, 10th of 16, 33l behind Backspin (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Gulf Of Aqaba (USA) 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders and keen, outpaced from 3 out, 7th of 14, 19l behind Real Treasure (10-10) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Just Tootsie 50-1 (10-9) Prominent, chased clear pair from 3rd, closed 6th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, 27l behind Organisateur (11-1) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Magic Marmalade (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Hdwy 14; led & saddle slpd flat; held on wl, won at Bratton Down 3m ptp gf in May beating Flying Phento (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Piroulet (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, ridden before 3 out, no impression, 4th of 15, 18l behind Colleoni (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Special Cuvee 12-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway under pressure over 2f out, edged left and no impression on leaders 1f out, 4th of 9, 9l behind Join Up (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec (flat).
That'lldoboy (FR) 100-1 (11-0) Raced in 9th, poor 11th as field came into view final 110 yards, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Rock On Ruby (11-0) at Newbury 2m hdl (3) gs in Dec.
Valley View (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Kilcrea Kim (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Vico Road (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, hampered 1st, reminder after 3rd, weakened 3 out, 7th of 9, 34l behind Alarazi (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Calusa Catrina (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Mid-division, hit 3 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Bobs Worth (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.
Lady From Ige (IRE) (8-13) 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Sendawalis (9-6) at Tours(FR) 1m 3f stks gd in Sep (flat).
Wild Rhubarb 15-8 (9-1) Held up, ridden along and headway over 2f out, effort and no impression final furlong, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Hawk Mountain (8-13) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun '09 (flat).