BOOMTOWN continued his progress over hurdles with a convincing win at Folkestone a fortnight ago. He's taken another hike up the weights as a consequence but may not have stopped improving yet. Duneen Point is a winner without a penalty as he won a conditional's race at Fontwell last week and should get involved while Storm Alert had Magical Island behind when winning at the same track and has since gone close again. Ripoff still looks a shade high in the weights on recent running.
Boomtown 9-2 (10-6) Not always fluent, raced wide, chased leader, led before 6th, went left and hit 3 out, pushed clear on long to last, hit last, easily, won at Folkestone 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec beating Benozzo Gozzoli (10-8) by 21l, 10 ran.
Ripoff 5-1 (11-2) In touch, headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders next, effort 2 out, soon no impression, weakening when lost 3rd towards finish, 4th of 11, 6l behind Home Run (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Storm Alert 3-1fav (10-3) Held up towards rear, not fluent 3rd, headway approaching 7th, mistake 3 out, chased winner next, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 10, nk behind Sail And Return (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Duneen Point (IRE) 2-1fav (11-4) Disputed lead, hit 5th and next, advantage 7th, pressed 2 out, stayed on well from last, driven out, won at Fontwell 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec beating Morestead (11-7) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Some Secret 4-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, held up in touch, mistake and lost place 12th, ridden and struggling before 14th, left poor 4th after 16th, tailed off, 4th of 6, 34l behind Hever Road (10-4) at Warwick 3m 2f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov '11.
Magical Island 3-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, kept on, 3rd of 10, 7l behind Storm Alert (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.