Pingaro De La Vire clearly improved for a spell hunting and made a winning return at Towcester, despite taking a while to get on top. He may still be well treated but this is a lot more competitive. ROCKABILLY never got competitive after an early blunder here a month ago but that was his first start over the larger obstacles so progress can be expected and Nigel Twiston-Davies' gelding is taken to atone today. Huntingdon second Overnight Fame also has some scope but The Hudnalls usually needs a run to put him straight and is tackling fences late in life.
Rockabilly (FR) 3-1fav (10-7) Towards rear, blundered badly 1st, reminder approaching 11th, headway after 13th, not fluent 3 out, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 3rd of 15, 16l behind Fortification (11-3) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Overnight Fame (IRE) 11-2 (11-3) Close up, led 3rd, blundered 12th and nearly unseated rider, chased winner 16th, clear with winner 2 out, became very tired run-in, 2nd of 7, 20l behind Rossbrin (10-12) at Huntingdon 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Pingaro De La Vire (FR) 3-1 (11-5) Held up, headway when hampered 9th, not fluent 12th, challenged approaching 2 out, led before last, headed flat, led again towards finish, won at Towcester 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov beating Marked Man (11-3) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Ballyegan (IRE) 11-2 (11-5) Soon in touch, in 4th and pecked badly 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 38l behind Digger Gets Lucky (11-5) at Wincanton 3m 3f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Glens Boy (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Behind, stayed on from 2 out, never going pace to threaten, 8th of 16, 30l behind Buck Magic (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov '10.
The Hudnalls (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, weakening when slow 8th, soon behind, 5th of 12, 12l behind Gilwen Glory (10-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Sarika (FR) 7-2 (11-3) Held up towards rear, blundered 9th, headway next, pushed along after 11th, soon weakened, fell last, in a race won by Mr Chow (11-5) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 8 ran.
More The Merrier (IRE) 66-1 (9-13) In touch when overjumped and fell 1st, in a race won by Lord Crewe (11-1) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov, 13 ran.
Quapriland (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, hit 12th, never a factor, 7th of 10, 26l behind Douryna (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Arctic Flow 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened before 6 out, 16th of 17, well behind Kateal (11-12) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Nov.
Converti 33-1 (10-7) Led, headed after 3rd, reminders 4th, soon lost place, in rear from 10th, pulled up before 12th, in a race won by Mr Chow (11-5) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Nov, 8 ran.
One And All (IRE) 150-1 (11-3) In rear, bumped 3rd, struggling after 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Connak (11-3) at Exeter 3m nov chs (3) gs in Nov, 9 ran.