Buckhorn Tom has been placed in his last three starts but hasn't really looked like winning and is still 7lb higher than for his only success. Captain Cardington has been beaten in a couple of sellers lately, as has Juno The Muffinman, while Broadway Symphony has been struggling to make an impression in maidens and looks harshly treated. STILL BELIEVING looked a lot happier back over hurdles here two weeks ago. He drops down a grade in this and can return to winning ways as it looks as though the handicapper has caught up with Kings Apollo and Annaluna has her first run over hurdles since July last year, though she did have a pipe-opener on the Polytrack last month.
Broadway Symphony (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, took keen hold, headway before 3 out and mistake, no impression, 4th of 17, 23l behind Rainbow Peak (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Juno The Muffinman (IRE) 2-1 (10-9) Tracked leading pair, challenged on inside 6th, led narrowly 3 out, ridden and headed between last 2, kept on, always held flat, 2nd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Lac Sacre (10-7) at Southwell 2m cnd/am sll hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Buckhorn Tom 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, pushed along before 6th, outpaced from 3 out, went 3rd before 2 out, kept on to take 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 27l behind Kayf Moss (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy.
Still Believing (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Held up towards rear, chased leaders before 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 8, 10l behind Land Of Vic (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 5f (3) hvy.
Murtys Delight (IRE) 2-1fav (10-12) Tracked leader, not that fluent, ridden before 7th, soon lost place, weakened before 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Touch Back (11-10) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Market Option (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place before 5th, closed 7th, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 8, 41l behind Kayf Moss (11-0) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Captain Cardington (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden approaching 5th, 3rd and one pace 3 out, went 2nd after next, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 12l behind The Bull Hayes (10-12) at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Annaluna (IRE) 3-1fav (9-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, mistake next, jumped right and not fluent 8th, one pace in 3rd 3 out, no impression, jumped right last, 3rd of 7, 39l behind Matrow's Lady (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb '13.
Who's Jeff (IRE) 12-1 (11-5) Led into start, held up in rear, headway before 5th, outpaced after 3 out, no impression before next, 6th of 12, 16l behind Dungeness (10-13) at Warwick 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan.
Kings Apollo 13-8fav (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, went 2nd 8th until approaching 3 out, chased leading pair, well held when mistakes 3 out and 2 out, no extra and dropped to 4th approaching last, 4th of 14, 30l behind Cash Injection (10-7) at Exeter 2m 5f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.