Sonoran Sands won three times on the Flat and showed promise when fourth on his hurdling debut at Kempton. Musnad was third at Catterick in November, while Captain Brown was very green at Market Rasen in September and will have had plenty of schooling in the interim. Swing Bowler is an obvious contender having already won bumpers at Wincanton and Warwick, though she probably didn't beat much on either occasion and her long-term future may be over fences. We'll give another chance to CHARLIE WINGNUT, who may just have needed the run at Doncaster in December and should be suited by this sharper track.
Bally Gunner 66-1 (11-4) Held up, took keen hold, shaken up 2 out, stayed on flat, never near to challenge, 7th of 18, 19l behind Waterunder (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Charlie Wingnut (IRE) 9-4 (10-9) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, every chance 2 out, ridden and weakened from last, 5th of 10, 11l behind Ebanour (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Material Boy 33-1 (11-4) Held up in touch, not fluent 3rd, lost place approaching 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
The Bear Trap (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Pulled hard in rear, headway 4 out, never nearer, 9th of 14, well behind Knock A Hand (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Valdan (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, went remote 4th 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before last, in a race won by Maska Pony (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug '10, 11 ran.
Valentine Bhoy 5-1 (10-13) In touch on outside, ridden and lost place over 6f out, 9th of 10, well behind Cock Of The Rock (11-9) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
William Morgan (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, mistake 4th, well beaten next, tailed off, 13th of 16, well behind Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Cool Cascade 33-1 (11-3) Mid-division, took keen hold, lost place when hit 5th, soon detached, never back in contention, 7th of 12, well behind Lights Of Broadway (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Sentosa 14-1 (10-10) Mistakes, towards rear, hit 1st and next, no chance when blundered 6th and 2 out, 7th of 10, 33l behind Balerina (10-10) at Taunton 2m 1f 4yo flls nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Swing Bowler 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, reluctantly led after 2f until after 4f, in touch, headway to lead again well over 2f out, soon ridden, drew readily clear over 1f out, easily, won at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec beating Foundation Man (10-11) by 8l, 13 ran.
Captain Brown 7-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, effort before 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 9, 37l behind Arctic Reach (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Sep.
Musnad (USA) 8-1 (10-12) With leader, every chance 2 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Chadford (11-5) at Catterick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Sonoran Sands (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, mistake and rider lost iron 2nd, mistake 4th, jumped right next, outpaced 2 out (usual 3 out), no impression, 4th of 11, 29l behind Sadler's Risk (10-12) at Kempton 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Goldmadchen (GER) 150-1 (10-0) Mid-division on outside, hit 1st and pecked, jumped slowly 3rd, weakened 5th, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Fire Fighter (11-0) at Warwick 2m 4yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Loves Theme (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out went 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 4l behind Lastkingofscotland (9-7) at Wolverhampton 7f app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan (flat).