VIKING VISITOR ran well until lack of condition told when finishing ahead of Ardkilly Rebel on his hurdling debut at Ffos Las. Successful between the flags and the winner of a couple of bumpers in Ireland last summer, the six-year-old will strip fitter here and has more scope than Zakatal who was finishing in the frame for the sixth time in a row when third at Ffos Las last month and doesn't have much in the way of pace. Kasbadali was runner-up at Exeter and Southwell in the autumn and should be thereabouts again if fully wound-up after a short break but hurdling newcomer Royal Riviera is probably a better long-term prospect.
Abitofargybargy (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Raced keenly towards rear, weakened before 6th, soon behind, 9th of 12, well behind Victors Serenade (11-4) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Ardkilly Rebel (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, 9th after 5th, moderate headway 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 16, 43l behind State Benefit (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Baan (USA) 28-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway 5th, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 11, 43l behind Extremely So (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Glendue Kayf Tara gelding out of Mayfair Minx.
Kasbadali (FR) 11-8fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway 7th, every chance 2 out, beaten when jumped right last, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Front Of House (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Lexicon Lad (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, ridden to challenge next, soon one pace, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Carlicue (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Midnight Charmer 66-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, 11th of 14, 37l behind Chasing Aces (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
Rageon (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, soon behind, tailed off 9th, pulled up after, in a race won by Old Wigmore (10-7) at Hereford 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Royal Riviera 5-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, headway on bit over 3f out, led over 2f out, soon clear, eased towards finish, won at Wetherby 1m 5f 3yo nhf (5) hvy in Dec '09 beating Pie At Midnight (10-12) by 12l, 13 ran.
Sinbad The Sailor 4-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders in 3rd, took closer order 6th, ridden after 3 out, upsides and challenging winner when jumped left and hampered 2 out, about half a length down in 2nd when slightly short of room last, kept on and lost 2nd flat, always held, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Clu Agus Cail (10-7) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Oct.
Su Bleu (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Well behind 4th, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Grey Gold (11-5) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Tenby Jewel (IRE) 66-1 (11-1) Mid-division, jumped right 4th, headway under pressure after 3 out, stayed on flat, 4th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Furrows (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Viking Visitor (IRE) 5-1 (10-9) Mid-division, 8th after 5th, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, never on terms, 5th of 16, 28l behind State Benefit (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
William Percival (IRE) 15-2 (10-9) Led, headed over 5f out, edged left over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 17l behind Kawa (11-2) at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
Zakatal 10-3 (11-5) Prominent, went 2nd 4th, hit 4 out, led 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out and went left, modest 3rd when hit last, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Storming Gale (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Living Proof (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Prominent, pushed along over 5f out, soon lost place, 9th of 16, 34l behind Wassailing Queen (10-9) at Warwick 2m N H flat (5) gd in Nov.