LETS GET SERIOUS ran out the comfortable winner of a bumper at Cheltenham early last season that produced a host of subsequent winners over hurdles. He doesn't have a classic NH pedigree but is starting off over timber at a realistic level and it will be a surprise if he doesn't go close under the champion. Fox Appeal sets a decent standard, however, having overcome inexperience to score over C&D last month and Stephen O'Donovan again takes off 7lb. Duke Of Monmouth finished ahead of Super Ken over C&D recently and Newbury bumper winner Medinas is another for the short-list.
Fox Appeal (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) With leader, pecked badly 1st, led before and hit 2 out, soon ridden and hung right, kept on, won at Fontwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Karinga Dancer (11-0) by 8l, 13 ran.
Ballyculla (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Chased leaders until weakened rapidly after 4th, tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Sole Survivor (10-12) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Celtic Charlie (FR) 66-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, pushed along after 4th, weakened 4 out, 8th of 11, 33l behind Champtho (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Nov '09.
Cosway Spirit (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, pushed along when some headway 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 12, well behind Gullinbursti (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Duke Of Monmouth (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Mistake 1st, rear of mid-division, ridden and looked struggling after 6th, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders next, ridden to lead flat, edged left and headed final 150 yards, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Kusadiki (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) hvy in Nov.
Kierann (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Held up, hung left and weakened 5f out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Court Minstrel (11-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Lets Get Serious (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, steady headway on outside from 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, quickened to lead entering final furlong, soon clear, won at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gd in Oct '10 beating Dark Lover (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Medinas (FR) 17-2 (10-8) Held up towards rear, staedy headway on outside and switched right over 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, effort over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar beating Global Fella (10-9) by 1l, 8 ran.
Midnight Gamble 80-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, pushed along and outpaced from 6th, left 3rd last, kept on, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Hawk Mountain (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Niceboy (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in rear, never on terms, 10th of 16, 36l behind High Benefit (10-5) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov '10.
Solaise Express 16-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 18, 31l behind Radetsky March (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Super Ken (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, mistake and stumbled 4 out, ridden after next, weakened before last, 4th of 13, 20l behind Kusadiki (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) hvy in Nov.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) In rear, outpaced before 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 12, well behind Top Of The Range (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Grassfinch 40-1 (10-4) Mid-division, headway after 7th, stayed on same pace approaching 2 out, 5th of 16, 18l behind Ackertac (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep '10.