It will be no surprise to see Alonso De Guzman attract support ahead of his hurdling bow with Tony McCoy booked for the ride but that could help to make the market for CAUGHT BY WITNESS. Milton Harris' charge was far from disgraced when finishing in midfield in the Grade 1 bumper at Punchestown and should make his mark over hurdles; it's a little disappointing that he hasn't opened his account yet but he looks to be heading in the right direction. Get It On won cosily over course and distance, should cope with the softer ground and merits respect whilst Mac Aeda won a bumper on debut and promises to make his mark over hurdles during the course of the season.
Get It On (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway 3 out, led when hit next, ridden clear when edged right flat, ran on well, eased towards finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep beating Rubipresent (11-7) by 8l, 7 ran.
Alonso de Guzman (IRE) 13-8fav (9-7) Led, ran wide entering straight inside final 2f, soon headed, chased winner after and closed again near finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Epsom Salts (8-5) at Lingfield 1m 5f app hcp (5) pol in Nov '08 (flat).
And The Man Generous gelding out of Retro's Lady.
Be My Deputy (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Behind, outpaced 5f out, plugged on final 3f, never near leaders, 7th of 17, 40l behind Herdsman (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Caught By Witness (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Raced keenly, mid-division on inside, headway when hit 3 out, chased leading pair after next, soon ridden, kept on same pace approaching last, no impression, 3rd of 9, 12l behind King Of The Night (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Frankie Falco 100-1 (10-12) In rear, losing touch when mistake 7th, 9th of 11, well behind Mossley (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Mac Aeda 11-10fav (11-1) Slightly hampered 1st, chased winner next, closed 4th, not fluent next, mistake 3 out, no impression when mistake and lost 2nd 2 out, weakening when not fluent last, 3rd of 7, 17l behind Laureldean River (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.
Moufatango (FR) 11-4 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders 6f out, no impression final 2f, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Call Me Bill (10-8) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
River Dragon (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Led or disputed lead, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on and every chance until one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Cool Vic (10-11) at Hexham 2m cond & am NH flat (5) gs in Oct.
Dipity Doo Dah 4-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, jumped slowly 3rd, closed next, ridden and unable to quicken before 3 out, went 4th after last, no impression, 4th of 7, 13l behind Ixora (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.