Captain Bellamy won four times on the Fibresand but it remains to be seen how he'll take to hurdles, though the booking of the champ is a positive sign. Cloudy Start also won several times on the Flat but has his first start for Violet Jordan and winning pointer Bellosguardo is best watched back over hurdles after a lay-off. PAHENTE was probably a little flattered by his third to Close Touch at Ascot but he was in good form on the Polytrack during the summer and a repeat of that first run over timber would probably suffice here. Breaking Bits was second in Tramore bumper in October and may be best of the rest.
Bellosguardo 13-2 (12-0) (tt) led 10-13; rdn to ld 3 out; ro wl, won at Chaddesley Corbett 3m ptp gd in May beating Hope Sound (12-0) by 3l, 12 ran.
Breaking Bits (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Waited with, 7th 6f out, 4th over 3f out, ridden to chase winner final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Tabac Brun (11-7) at Tramore 2m N H flat sft in Oct.
Captain Bellamy (USA) 7-1 (9-10) Led narrowly, driven and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, well behind Tijori (8-8) at Newbury 2m app hcp (5) hvy in Oct (flat).
Cloudy Start 12-1 (9-9) Not much room start, held up in last and behind early, headway over 6f out, challenged over 4f out, weakened 3f out, 5th of 11, 25l behind Hi Note (8-13) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Aug (flat).
De Blacksmith (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leader until approaching 4th, weakened on long run to 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, 34l behind Dunlough Bay (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
One For The Boss (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, weakened over 4f out, 8th of 10, 26l behind Puffin Billy (11-7) at Ascot 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Pahente 100-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, hit 4th, lost place after 3 out, stayed on approaching last, went 3rd close home, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Close Touch (11-5) at Ascot 2m hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Push To Exit 200-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind Kenai Peninsula (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Vering (FR) 50-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, pushed along and struggling before 4 out, 6th of 9, 30l behind Leath Acra Mor (11-1) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.