BLACK JACARI is given the vote to get his head in front at last at the expense of Sydney Sling and Stow. The selection is sporting blinkers for the first time to aid his chances of success. He was rated as high as 85 on the flat suggesting he is more than capable of being competitive in hurdle races. He has not been beaten far on all three of his hurdle runs to date finishing second on each occasion. That said he has started to become a frustrating horse to follow and connections have come to the conclusion that head gear is the answer. If they do sharpen him up he should be good enough to break his hurdling maiden tag. Sydney Sling was nowhere near as good on the level but won first time of asking over hurdles at Fakenham. He will find it tougher now with his penalty however and may do better in handicaps. Stow was a fair handicapper on the level with a top rating of 78. Venetia Williams has her team of horses in fine fettle at present and he therefore is worth noting in the betting market on his hurdles debut. But for the winner we return to Black Jacari.
Sydney Sling (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Always prominent, led approaching 3 out, clear next, very easily, won at Fakenham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) sft beating Gunnadoit (10-5) by 18l, 9 ran.
Anay Turge (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Held up, left 3rd at 3rd, chased clear leader after 3 out, kept on one pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, well behind Pepite De Soleil (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) sft.
Black Jacari (IRE) 1-2fav (10-12) Close up until not fluent 1st, led 4th, soon reminders, headed after 6th, one pace, 2nd of 6, 7l behind Mr Thriller (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Emerald Crystal (IRE) 16-1 (9-1) In touch, and raced wide, effort when weakening over 2f, last of 10, well behind Shaloo Diamond (9-0) at Beverley 1m 3yo hcp (5) sft in Sept (Flat).
Falsino (GER) 11-2 (10-12) Held up, headway over 4f out, effort over 3f out, soon weakened, 9th of 14, 29l behind Cill Rialaig (10-5) at Exeter 1m 5f nhf (5) gs in Oct.
Home 50-1 (10-2) Behind, edged left 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 18l behind Hucking Heat (10-13) at W'hampton 1m 1f amt hcp (5) pol (Flat).
Karmei 50-1 (10-1) Dwelt, soon tracked leader, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 15th of 16, 21l behind Epsom Salts (10-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f amt hcp (5) pol in Nov (Flat).
Loco Grande (IRE) 6-1 (8-7) Mid-division, progress into 4th 3f out, ridden in 2nd 1 1/2f out, disputed lead final furlong, kept on well to lead close home, won at Tipperary 1m 4f hcp 0-90 hvy in Oct beating Shamiran (9-1) by 1/2l, 12 ran (Flat).
Marino Prince (FR) 100-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 11, 12l behind Red Somerset (9-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f clm (6) pol (Flat).
Okafranca (IRE) 3-1jt-fav (9-0) In touch, pushed along over 5f, effort when weakening over 3f, 6th of 8, 33l behind Neve Lieve (9-0) at Nottingham 2m 3yo hcp (4) gs in Oct (Flat).
Ragamuffin Man (IRE) 8-1 (9-7) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Silk Hall (9-6) at Great Leighs 1m 6f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Oct (Flat).
Stow 6-4fav (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 2f out, soon under pressure, stayed on, always held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Bencoolen (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (6) gf in Oct (Flat).
Wise Hawk 16-1 (10-12) Behind, hampered 2nd, ridden and struggling 4th, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Nino Cochise (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Ambrose Princess (IRE) 8-1 (8-3) In touch, pushed along over 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Sabre Light (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo clm (6) pol in Nov (Flat).
Harveys Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway after 3 out, one pace from next, 3rd of 11, 26l behind Art Exhibition (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo nov hdl (4) gs.
Janet's Delight 12-1 (10-1) In touch, left 3rd last when weakening, 3rd of 13, 12l behind Purely By Chance (10-8) at Leicester 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) hvy.