CAYMAN ISLANDS has improved with experience over hurdles and here on New Year's Day. The longer trip shouldn't be a problems and he may have more pace than God's Own, who gives the impression he's just ticking over until tackling fences next season, though the form of his latest third to My Tent Or Yours at Huntingdon is starting to look very good. Thimaar was a decent stayer on the Flat and can only improve on his fifth at Ayr with the extra half-mile likely to be in his favour but none of the others make much appeal at this level.
Cayman Islands 13-2 (11-2) Tracked leader, challenged 3 out, soon led, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Docs Legacy (10-7) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
God's Own (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Mid-division, headway 5th, chased winner after 3 out, blundered and no impression next, lost 2nd last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 9l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
Business Time 22-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 5th until approaching 2 out, ridden and kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 17l behind Timesawastin (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Oct '11.
Chandos (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Always behind, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Ifyouletmefinish (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb '12.
Indian Voyage (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) In rear, ridden 3rd, lost touch 5th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Trop Fort (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jul, 7 ran.
San Cassiano (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, weakened after 6th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Veloce (11-4) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Thimaar (USA) 11-4 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd briefly before 3 out, soon pushed along and beaten, 5th of 10, 28l behind Ballybogey (11-4) at Ayr 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Mr Opulence 80-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 9th of 15, 11l behind Ellaal (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gd in Oct '11 (flat).