JUST A PAR won between the flags in October and made a winning debut over hurdles at Punchestown for Tom Nagle. He changed hands for a tidy sum afterwards and can make a successful start for Paul Nicholls at the main expense of Kilmurvy, a winner at Taunton in December having shown up well in bumpers previously. Ascot scorer Many Clouds also warrants respect as he was trying to give 10lb to the useful Up And Go at Wetherby last month but Midnight Prayer is upped in grade after beating Ugly Bug by a length-and-a-quarter at Hereford in December, though the runner-up has franked the form since. Stage King and Tolkeins Tango are worth noting for future reference and Catching On is another with scope.
Just A Par (IRE) 9-4 (11-12) Tracked leaders, keen hold, closed up travelling well from 3 out, in front next, clear into straight, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Punchestown 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Nov beating Heck Thomas (11-8) by 7l, 10 ran.
Kilmurvy (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway on outside 7th, tracked leader after 3 out, close up in 4th when not fluent last, driven and stayed on well towards stands side rail to lead final 75 yards, won at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Sidney Melbourne (10-9) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Many Clouds (IRE) 15-8 (11-12) Mid-division, headway to go 5th after 4 out, chased winner 3 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 17, 7l behind Up And Go (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
Midnight Prayer 8-1 (11-0) Held up in touch in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders approaching next, went 2nd before last, led and edged left flat, ridden out, won at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec beating Ugly Bug (11-0) by 1 1/4l, 14 ran.
Bredon Hill Lad 66-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, struggling 8th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Bob Ford (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Buckhorn Tom 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ouitpaced after 3 out, plugged on same pace from next, never near leaders, 7th of 14, 40l behind Kilmurvy (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Catching On (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, weakened quickly and not fluent last, soon pulled up, in a race won by Malapie (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 11 ran.
Darkestbeforedawn (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, challenged 3rd, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Saphir Du Rheu (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Fix It Right (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Led in start, took keen hold chasing leaders, pushed along before 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 7th of 10, 37l behind Chatterbox (11-0) at Newbury 2m hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Larks Wing (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 10th of 14, well behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Moorlands Mist 14-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, pushed along over 3f out, outpaced by leaders final 2f, 5th of 15, 18l behind Cabaret Girl (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Mount Gunnery 5-1 (11-7) Chsd ldrs, 4th gng well 6out, prog into 2nd 3out, 2l 2nd & rddn bef 2out, no ch with wnr bef last, kow, 2nd of 11, 3l behind Carraig Mor (11-7) at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Newmans Boy 33-1 (11-1) Took keen hold, led, clear after 4f, reduced lead over 4f out, ridden and headed over 3f out, weakened rapidly, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Ifyouletmefinish (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Oct '11.
Palfrey Boy 100-1 (10-9) Took keen hold towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 12th of 17, well behind Big Society (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Stage King 6-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, one pace, 7th of 15, 8l behind Ericht (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Tokyo Javilex (FR) 100-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, 14l behind Koolala (10-12) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (6) std in Jan.
Tolkeins Tango (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Prominent, led after 2nd until well before 2 out, soon weakened, 8th of 17, 39l behind Big Society (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Upton Wood 50-1 (11-2) Mid-division, weakened over 5f out, 9th of 12, well behind Quick Decisson (11-2) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.