Capitaine Courage won four times on the Flat in France but the last of those victories came in 2009 and he tackles hurdles for the first time here. Tealissio should go well having got off the mark over C&D last month but Philip Hobbs has wasted no time putting IF IN DOUBT over obstacles after he ran second in a Bangor bumper on his racecourse debut. He could prove a bit better than these if improving for the experience. Anton Dolin won three times on the level but there wasn't much encouragement in his hurdles bow at Ludlow and this may be a bit sharp for ex-pointer Euro Trash.
Tealissio 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, soon led, clear when not fluent last, stayed on well, won at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Benefit Cut (10-12) by 6l, 9 ran.
Anton Dolin (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, brief effort when hampered after 6th, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Zarzal (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Capitaine Courage (IRE) (8-11) 98th of 14, 6l behind Fellini (9-2) at Argentan(FR) 1m 2f stk sft in Apr (flat).
D'Argent Cloud 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders until lost palce approaching 4th, behind and no chance after, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Robbie (11-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Euro Trash (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Eff in 2nd 3 out; ev ch app nxt; one-pcd, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Cousinade (11-7) at Bredwardine 3m ptp gd in May.
If In Doubt (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and hard pressed 2f out, headed 1f out, not pace of winner, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Baltimore Rock (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn nat hunt flat (6) gs in Nov.
Leeroar (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, fell 3rd, in a race won by Puffin Billy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov, 13 ran.
Milansbar (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden and beaten 3 out, 8th of 12, 29l behind Heather Royal (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Paxford Junior 20-1 (11-0) In rear, pushed along over 5f out, well beaten over 4f out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Hallmark Harry (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jul '10.