FOGGY'S WALL should be another winner for the Paul Nicholls yard. He won a couple of bumpers at Wincanton last season and has been placed in both starts over hurdles this term. His Taunton conqueror, Horizontal Speed, has scored again since. Supreme Present was second here in one of these last month and should be thereabouts again while Five In A Row was successful at Carlisle in October in his last run in a bumper. A Tail Of Intrigue deserves a change of luck and can't be ignored but Southwell winner Bennachie and Wincanton second Lily Mars need to find more.
A Tail Of Intrigue (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Led and soon 4 lengths clear, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 8, 4 1/2l behind Dubawi Island (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Bay Fortuna 50-1 (10-12) Held up off the pace towards rear, 7th and beaten when blundered 3 out, 7th of 10, well behind Cole Harden (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Bennachie (IRE) 6-4 (11-0) With leader, pushed along to lead over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jul beating Herecomestrouble (11-2) by 6l, 5 ran.
Bostin (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Mid-division, pushed along and weakened after 3 out, 9th of 13, 28l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (11-8) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.
Five In A Row (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Tracked leader, ridden 3 out, stayed on from last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind I Need Gold (10-12) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Foggy's Wall (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Took keen hold and held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, went 3rd after 3 out, stayed on to 2nd before 2 out, kept on same pace and no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Horizontal Speed (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Gold Carrot 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, short of room over 2f out, soon no impression, 9th of 13, 19l behind Jolly's Cracked It (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Mr Lennygreengrass (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, weakened over 4f out, last of 10, well behind Desoto County (11-0) at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov.
San Siro (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) Chsd wnr; ev ch 15; no ex app last, 2nd of 7, 2l behind Mr Bed Bugs (12-0) at Southdown & Eridge 3m ptp gd in Apr.
Top Show 66-1 (11-4) Towards rear, headway on inside to track leaders halfway, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 9th of 11, 42l behind Third Act (11-4) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (5) hvy.
Tsar Alexandre (FR) 8-13 (12-0) Hdwy 11; ev ch when hit 2 out; kpt on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Doc Wells (12-0) at Ledbury 3m ptp sft in Apr.
Canarbino Girl 100-1 (10-4) Took keen hold, soon in touch on outside, lost place over 4f out, 9th of 11, 37l behind Sign Of A Victory (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Lily Mars (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) In touch, headway over 6f out, went 2nd 3f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Mountain Of Mourne (10-9) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Supreme Present 16-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, switched left over 2f out, headway from over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Sign Of A Victory (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.