After a fine run in a Cheltenham handicap in November, Angles Hill started odds-on for a novices event at Towcester but ran poorly. He looks vulnerable to a hurdling newcomer and SPEEDY TUNES fits the bill. Nicky Henderson's charge landed a point-to-point at Ballyragget last March and his pedigree suggests he can do well over timber. Walcot Lathyrus has won six times between the flags and though pulled up in a hunter chase here last April is the type to do much better. High Ville has let supporters down in bumpers at Exeter and Towcester on his last two starts but he has the pedigree to do well over hurdles and is definitely one to watch as is Heronshaw, who handled the heavy ground very well to land a Uttoxeter bumper.
Angles Hill (IRE) 8-11fav (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 5th, every chance 3 out, weakened before and left 3rd last, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Abruzzi (10-6) at Towcester 2m 3f 4yo nov stks (4) sft in Dec.
Beforeall (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, ridden on inner over 1f out, never dangerous, 9th of 14, 12l behind Border Station (10-11) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std.
Breaking Bits (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, no impression when dropped to 3rd when blundered went left and unseated rider soon after last, in a race won by De Blacksmith (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
General Ross (IRE) 50-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, every chance next, soon ridden and beaten, weakened before last, 4th of 12, 36l behind Benvolio (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Heronshaw (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, ridden to close 3f out, hung left over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran green, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Nov beating Trevaylor Boy (10-9) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
High Ville (IRE) 5-4fav (11-0) Led, ridden over 3f out, headed over 2f out, one pace, 2nd of 9, 9l behind Halo Moon (11-0) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
King Caractacus 6-1 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 9, 11l behind Super Duty (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Race (4-6yo) (5) gd in Apr '11.
Liars Poker (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, effort over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 9, 24l behind King Spirit (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Priest Island (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway before 2 out, soon chasing leaders, not fluent last, stayed on well, never troubled leaders, 4th of 14, 2l behind Arthurian Legend (11-6) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Apr '11.
Radical Impact (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders on inside, pushed along after 6f, lost place 7f out, tailed off final 5f, 9th of 10, well behind Ourmanmassini (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Rode Runner 40-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 6f out, weakened 4f out, tailed off, 9th of 15, well behind Wadswick Court (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 11l behind Cabaret Girl (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Speedy Tunes (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Tr ldrs, 2nd 3out, rdn & chall last, rdn to ld late, won at Ballyragget 3m ire ptp gs in Mar beating Waddingtown Hero (12-0) by 1/2l, 15 ran.
Stony Road (IRE) 10-1 (11-2) Prominent, ridden and weakened over 3f out, went remote 3rd 2f out, 3rd of 10, 31l behind Horizontal Speed (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Walcot Lathyrus 1-3 (12-6) won at Bangor-on-dee 3m ptp gd in May beating Mr Gossip (12-3) by hd, 3 ran.
Yacht London Lady 100-1 (10-13) Soon in rear, struggling after 3rd, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Chat Room (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.