WEST WIZARD was mightily impressive on his racecourse debut in a bumper here in March, beating The Pirate's Queen and The Skyfarmer with consummate ease. The second and third both won bumpers next time and the latter has already won over hurdles this season. Nicky Henderson's four-year-old looks a fine prospect and can get the better of Sgt Reckless, another decent bumper winner who was third at Wincanton on his hurdling debut. Hawaii Five Nil needs to improve his jumping but kept on well at Cheltenham last month and will come into his own when tackling further.
Hawaii Five Nil (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) In touch in mid-division, jumped left and bumped rival 2nd, mistakes 3rd and 4th, no impression from 3 out, stayed on to take 4th flat, 4th of 10, 19l behind Lac Fontana (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Kaki Island (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up in last, ridden and well beaten over 2f out, 6th of 9, 20l behind Hello George (11-0) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) hvy.
Lightentertainment (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Towards rear, mistake 6th, well beaten 3 out, 7th of 13, 43l behind Ashdown Lad (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Ma'ire Rua (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling over 5f out, 12th of 18, 34l behind Carningli (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Mojeek (IRE) High-rise gelding out of Beardie's Dream.
Sgt Reckless 11-4 (10-12) Held up behind, headway 3 out, went 3rd next, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Amore Alato (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs.
Western Movie 20-1 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, hampered 3rd, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 12, well behind Carraig Mor (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
West Wizard (FR) 4-5fav (10-11) Held up in mid-division on inside, smooth headway to track leaders 5f out, led going well 2f out, pushed clear final furlong, easily, won at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (4) sft in Mar beating The Pirate's Queen (10-4) by 6l, 14 ran.