Bobble Boru won at Wincanton on her hurdling debut having landed a bumper at Ludlow on her reappearance. She is open to further improvement but DOCTOR HARPER looks an above-average novice, despite failing to cope with the step up in grade at Cheltenham last time. He'd won a couple of times at Exeter previously and can get back on track here. Saffron Wells is progressing nicely and won a handicap by 11 lengths at Market Rasen on just his third start over timber. But he needs to find more again to follow up here and De Kerry Man and Robbers Roost could also be found wanting.
Doctor Harper (IRE) 11-4 (11-8) Stood at start for 20 seconds before getting going, led, mistake 2nd, soon headed, not fluent 3rd, led again after 5th, hit 3 out, headed after 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 9, 16l behind Ballyalton (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gd in Dec.
Saffron Wells (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, jumped slowly next, headway 3 out, led next, clear last, eased close home, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft beating Too Generous (11-5) by 11l, 8 ran.
De Kerry Man (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, jumped left at times, led until before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 25l behind Cogry (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Robbers Roost (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) In touch on outside when field came into view after 5th, lost touch and well behind when came into view again briefly after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 41l behind Maybe I Wont (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Bobble Boru (IRE) 5-2fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, jumped left and nearly unseated rider 2nd, every chance 2out, led before last, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating August Hill (10-10) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.