It's two years since Sandynow won a maiden hurdle at Warwick and he's shown very little recently. TIPPERING was caught in the shadow of the post by Carmela Maria over 3m2f at Catterick and, as the winner has scored again, that form looks good enough for this. Code Blue landed a novices' event on heavy ground at Hexham last November and made a promising return last month at Uttoxeter. He was fancied to score again back at Hexham three weeks ago but ran poorly. C'Monthehammers is quite well handicapped over timber compared to fences but ran a shocker at Chepstow last time and the remaining pair have plenty to find.
Tippering (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) With leader, led 3 out, ridden before last, kept on gamely, caught post, 2nd of 13, hd behind Carmela Maria (9-7) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
C'Monthehammers (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Mid-division, pushed along 4th, jumped slowly next, soon behind, 9th of 18, well behind Mauricetheathlete (9-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy.
Vivarini 20-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 8, 29l behind Radmores Revenge (11-2) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Code Blue 11-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, outpaced on long run between last 2, soon beaten, no chance with leading pair before last, 3rd of 8, 37l behind Fentara (11-2) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Sandynow (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Mid-division, headway 8th, chased leaders next, mistake 2 out, never able to challenge, 5th of 18, 28l behind Mauricetheathlete (9-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy.
Powerful Ambition (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Soon in rear, weakened from 5th, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Alsahil (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.