SKI SUNDAY is an interesting runner for a yard that does well with it's Flat runners with Yemeni Princess and Capable Guest amongst those that boast more solid credentials. Nicky Henderson doesn't have many runners on the level but his strike rate isn't far off twenty per cent over the past five seasons and he's been handed an interesting recruit in Ski Sunday. The gelding developed into a very useful hurdler for Tim Vaughan, finishing second in the Fred Winter, but hasn't been seen since disappointing in April of last year in the Scottish Champion Hurdle. There's obviously a degree of trust that needs to be taken by those backing Ski Sunday but if he returns at anywhere near his best and can translate the improvement that he showed when hurdling back to the level then he could be hard to beat at this level. Yemeni Princess is unexposed and appears to be progressing whilst, at the other end of the spectrum, Capable Guest rolled back the years to win at Yarmouth and remains well handicapped on the pick of his old form. There are some other capable handicappers in the line-up but Ski Sunday has the potential to outclass them all.
Pass The Port 40-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, behind, some headway well over 2f out, soon struggling, last of 11, 18l behind Hollow Green (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Phoenix Flight (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 10, 26l behind Jedi (9-4) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Held up mid-division, headway to chase leaders 2f out, never troubled leaders, 6th of 11, 4l behind Just Rob (9-9) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Yemeni Princess (IRE) 17-2 (9-4) In touch on inside, led 4f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on until headed and no extra well inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Jezza (8-4) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.
Capable Guest (IRE) 13-2 (9-1) Tracked leader, challenged over 2f out, ridden and every chance 1f out, stayed on to lead narrowly inside final furlong, just held on under pressure near finish, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Broughtons Paradis (8-10) by nk, 7 ran.
Ski Sunday 5-4fav (9-3) Held up in 4th, headway 3f out, ridden to chase winner 2f out, soon edged left, no impression, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Leamington (9-6) at Southwell 1m 3f 3yo hcp (5) pol in Feb '08.
Corredor Sun (USA) 20-1 (9-5) Led early, tracked winner, bumped by that rival when every chance over 2f out, soon carried right, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4 1/2l behind My Mate Max (9-11) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Laconicos (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Held up towards rear, headway on outer to chase leaders over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, led inside final furlong, soon headed, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Cozy Tiger (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Beauchamp Xenia 10-1 (9-4) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, kept on under pressure final 2f, never reached leaders, 6th of 14, 6l behind Aaman (8-6) at Goodwood 2m 3yo mdn hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Aug.
Seventh Hill 14-1 (8-7) Mid-division on inside, headway 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd near finish, not able to reached winner, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Lytham (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Apr.
Graylyn Ruby (FR) 8-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 5f out, stayed on final 2f, went 2nd last 100 yards, no chance with unchallenged winner, 2nd of 12, 3l behind Cote d'Argent (9-4) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Lapina (IRE) 33-1 (9-3) Led 3f, with leader, led again 4f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 12, 3l behind Cozy Tiger (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Outland (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) In touch, ridden and effort over 2f out, kept on same pace, never on terms, 6th of 12, 10l behind Jezza (8-4) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gd.