Venetia Williams has her horses in good form so winning bumper Syndication is likely to show improvement for his hurdling debut at Fontwell. Diamond Sweeper showed promise in bumpers and will have undoubtedly benefited from his opening run over timber at Chepstow while Fermoyle Flyer did better than his 100/1 starting price would have suggested at Bangor last time. Irish point-to-point winner BALLYGARVEY showed nothing in his first two runs over hurdles which is why he started 125/1 at Chepstow last time. However, he belied his odds with a superb display behind the potentially useful Broadbackbob and would only need to repeat that effort to take this.
Ballygarvey (FR) 125-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and headed after 2 out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 11l behind Broadbackbob (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Diamond Sweeper (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, under pressre 5 out, lost place next, 6th of 14, 40l behind Knock A Hand (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Fermoyle Flyer (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Towards rear, mistake 6th, outpaced from 7th, plugged on from 2 out, no impression, 5th of 14, 22l behind King's Grace (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
John's Gem 200-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, weakened 7th, tailed off approaching 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Buddy Bolero (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec, 15 ran.
Syndication (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Raced on inside, held up in touch, ridden after 7th, headway on inside before 2 out, ridden and weakened before last, 4th of 8, 8l behind Financial Climate (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Sahara Sunshine 66-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, lost touch 6th, soon tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Captain Kirkton (11-6) at Lingfield 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan '11, 10 ran.