CRY OF FREEDOM scored smoothly on his debut over C&D and sets the standard here. He was brought down at the first last time and can get back on the winning track with Jack Quinlan's claim offsetting a goodly portion of his penalty for that success. Ile De Re seems sure to land a novice hurdle sooner or later on the evidence of a solid effort at Doncaster last time behind Open Hearted and rates an obvious danger, whilst Favoured Nation is interesting on his hurdling debut for the O'Neill team after a smooth bumper success at Folkestone. Kings Bayonet delivered a pleasing first run behind the highly talented Darlan on his Taunton debut and can only improve for that promising initial racecourse experience.
Cry of Freedom (USA) 5-2 (11-7) Held up, badly hampered and brought down 1st, in a race won by Countess Comet (10-12) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs, 16 ran.
Favoured Nation (IRE) 11-8fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 5f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Folkestone 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Nov beating Bollin Tahini (10-6) by 7l, 8 ran.
Ile De Re (FR) 11-8fav (11-0) Behind, headway after 4 out, effort next, ridden 2 out, stayed on to go 2nd post, no impression, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Open Hearted (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Kings Bayonet 20-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway approaching 6th, outpaced by leaders before 2 out, weakening when mistake last, 4th of 13, 26l behind Darlan (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gs.
Layline (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Raced keenly tracking leaders, effort over 1f out, stayed on well closing stages, never able to challenge, 2nd of 4, 3l behind Junoob (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 4f cnd stks (4yo+) (4) pol (flat).
Play It Sam 11-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division and keen, ridden to chase leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 16, 11l behind Psychic Ability (9-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Oct '10 (flat).
Regal Park (IRE) 33-1 (8-5) Ran loose before start, mid-division, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, never near leaders, 8th of 33, 13l behind Never Can Tell (8-11) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct (flat).
Rosquero (FR) 100-1 (11-4) Mid-division on outside, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 14, 45l behind Vulcanite (11-4) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Seventh Sky (GER) (9-6) 5th of 6, 11l behind Earl Of Tinsdal (8-9) at Cologne(GER) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) sft in Aug (flat).
Tewin Wood 10-1 (8-10) Soon led, headed over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Maverik (8-13) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-85 (4) pol (flat).
The Last Night (FR) April Night gelding out of La Pelode.
Turjuman (USA) 9-1 (10-3) Settled towards rear, headway over 5f out, chased leaders over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Captain Bellamy (10-3) at Southwell 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs (flat).