VICO has finished a close-up second over today's trip at Wincanton on both starts to date over hurdles. He was unlucky to come up against the progressive Bucks Magic last time and can make it third time lucky here. Bunglasha Lady was an easy winner of a maiden hurdle at Towcester last time despite jumping left and this track will suit, while bumper winner Cresswell Crusader made a promising hurdling debut over 2m4f at Lingfield and will appreciate today's longer trip. Hong Kong Harry was pulled-up on his recent reappearance but has every chance on his earlier second at Ascot.
Arctic Gunner 10-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway over 6f out, chased leaders over 3f out, syayed on final furlong, 3rd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Lombardy Boy (10-11) at Southwell 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AWT) (6) std in Dec.
Bunglasha Lady (IRE) 5-4fav (11-1) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, challenged 7th, led when not fluent 3 out, drawing clear when jumped left last 2, stayed on well (no time taken), won at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) sft beating Playful Rose (11-1) by 15l, 10 ran.
Cresswell Crusader Evensfav (10-13) Chased winner 2nd, hit 7th, led narrowly 3 out, went right mistake and narrowly headed 2 out, stayed upsides, still every chance when went right and hit last, weakened flat, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Not Til Monday (11-11) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Hong Kong Harry 8-1 (11-7) Mid-division, hit 3 out, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Firm Order (11-8) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd, 17 ran.
Kidajo 100-1 (11-2) Mid-division, ridden and lost place after 3rd, well behind 6th, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Captain Kirkton (11-8) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs.
Luck'n'thanks (IRE) 100-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, mistake 1st, headway on inside to chase leading pair 4 out, soon ridden, outpaced approaching 2 out, lost 3rd and weakened between last 2, 6th of 10, 25l behind Whoops A Daisy (11-4) at Bangor 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Manics Man 100-1 (11-4) Always in rear, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Golden Chieftain (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft, 14 ran.
Toomyvara (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) In touch on outside, lost place over 6f out, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up 2f out, in a race won by Shuil Royale (11-0) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec, 17 ran.
Troy Tempest (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Steadied start, held up in rear, steady headway 8th, effort to chase leaders 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last, never on terms, 6th of 11, 16l behind Buck Mulligan (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Venetian Lad 12-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, headway on inside 7th, ridden in 6th and one pace on long run to last, tailed off, 5th of 11, 31l behind Renard D'Irlande (11-3) at Folkestone 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Vico (IRE) 8-15fav (10-7) Chased leaders, chased winner from 3 out, challenged and every chance from 2 out, still every chance flat, found no extra and held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1/2l behind Buck Magic (10-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Lost Two Stars (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden after 8th, stayed on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 16, 11l behind Way Back When (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs.
Spiritual Art 33-1 (10-6) Always behind, no chance and lost touch 6th, tailed off next and soon pulled up, in a race won by Not Til Monday (11-11) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 7 ran.