These are a largely modest bunch but TO THE SKY has run in better races since beating four rivals in a maiden hurdle at Newton Abbot in September and can make the most of 8lb he receives from French import Great Link, slightly disappointing in two runs so far in this country. The remainder have plenty of catching up to date as Flat winners Stag Hill and Iguacu have yet to show much ability over timber and there must be a big doubt about Emiratesdotcom lasting home, even on this sharp track.
Great Link 33-1 (11-0) Led until 2nd, tracked leaders, no impression before 3 out, 5th of 12, 19l behind Dubai Prince (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Emiratesdotcom 12-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, driven over 2f out, ridden and stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no impression, 4th of 10, 8l behind Fantasy Gladiator (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-77 (4) pol in Nov (flat).
Jawahal Du Mathan (FR) 11-2 (10-0) Held up towards rear, jumped right and bumped 1st, ridden before 5th, some headway 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by North London (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Sep, 13 ran.
Miles of Sunshine 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, headway approaching 3 out, weakening when mistake next, 8th of 10, 29l behind Doctor Harper (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Stag Hill (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not that fluent, challenged 5th until before 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 8, 32l behind Batu Ferringhi (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
To The Sky (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Led and set steady pace, increased tempo and clear from after 2nd, hit 4th, reduced lead approaching 4 out, headed and blundered 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 16l behind Ranjaan (11-9) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl (0-130) (3) gd in Nov.
Diamond Pro (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, weakened 4 out, last of 9, well behind Our Conor (11-0) at Navan 2m 3yo mdn hdl in Nov '12.
Iguacu 66-1 (10-12) Towards rear, went left 1st, behind and outpaced before 3 out, 16th of 17, well behind Volnay De Thaix (11-5) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Pennant Dancer 16-1 (10-1) Held up behind in touch, driven after 4 out, stayed on to take moderate 3rd 2 out, no chance with leaders, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Ruby Valentine (10-1) at Fakenham 2m 4f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Home Girl (IRE) 200-1 (10-5) In rear, struggling before 5 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Irish Cavalier (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Rolling Dough (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) In touch, mistake 3rd, not fluent next, lost place 4 out, weakening when jumped badly right next, behind when pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Mini Muck (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Oct, 8 ran.