CARRY ON SYDNEY scored on the Flat for Richard Hannon and made a very encouraging hurdles debut behind the potentially useful Dawalan at Newbury. He doesn't have a jumper's pedigree but handled the soft ground well enough and should go one better. He was 18l in front of dual Flat winner Astrum and it was another 12l to Interior MInister, who will both come on for the run but seem very unlikely to reverse the form, while Hurricane John finished tailed off last. French recruit Garde Ville has been disappointing to date though over longer trips so it's Chebsey Beau who may prove the main threat as he finished a close third to Certification at Wetherby a fortnight ago and the winner had run well in the Newbury race won by the selection. Mr Vendman was very moderate on the Flat and beaten a long way when runner-up on his hurdling debut.
Astrum 40-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, chased winner, ridden before every chance 2 out, weakened between last 2, 4th of 7, 20l behind Dawalan (11-5) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Carry On Sydney 20-1 (10-12) Held up in last trio, steady headway when pecked 5th, chased leaders 3 out, not fluent 2 out and soon one pace, stayed on approaching last, went 2nd final half furlong, kept on, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Dawalan (11-5) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Chebsey Beau 7-1 (10-12) Prominent, challenged 3 out, ridden and one pace after next, no impression in 3rd before last, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Certification (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Garde Ville (FR) 12-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, plugged on from 3 out, 4th of 8, 19l behind Wuff (11-11) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Hurricane John (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Took keen hold in rear, mistake 3rd, reminders and struggling 4 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Dawalan (11-5) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Interior Minister 12-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, headway 5th, chased leaders before 3 out, weakened approaching next, 6th of 7, 27l behind Dawalan (11-5) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Mr Vendman (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Soon outpaced by leading pair, ridden when headweay 2 out, went 2nd at last, no threat to winner, 2nd of 4, 21l behind Rutherglen (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.